Malcolm Dawson writes……as if to prove the point I made after the Palace game on Tuesday Southampton’s last gasp equaliser leaves us all deflated. Like Fabio Borini’s equaliser in midweek this came as the match was drawing to a close but whereas on Tuesday there was enough time to create a bit of excitement as we pushed for a winner, this was even later leaving neither team enough time to do anything but line up for the restart. I would have taken a point pre-match but after taking the lead against ten men, with only five minutes of normal time left this is another two points dropped – not a point gained. Big Sam, like the rest of us is disappointed as he tells M Salut and others in his post match e-mail.
SOUTHAMPTON 1 SUNDERLAND 1
I think the dejection amongst us all is clear. It was important to see the game out but we conceded the goal with 30 seconds left.
We should have taken three points here today which would have made life easier for us.
Because we’ve thrown two points away we have increased the pressure on ourselves again by not achieving that clean sheet. With having no game next week, when we would have played Everton, if we’d have got three points today we would have had that gap to look after.
But we allowed Southampton to score a goal which really should have been prevented given the number of players we had defending the box. We didn’t have the composure to keep the ball in the opposition’s half, get in the corners and see the game out. We didn’t do that and paid a heavy price.
I was delighted with the number of clear-cut chances we created, apart from the fact we could have finished them better. We got the one goal with Southampton down to 10 men, but one goal has not been enough for us since I’ve been here.
I’ve seen enough [to show that we will survive] but not the results that the performances should have given us. It’s frustrating, but we hope that our performances will give us the victories we will need.
Thanks for your support,