One or two visitors to Salut! Sunderland have spectacularly misunderstood a headline saying “don’t blame” the officials as meaning do blame them. They also think there was some suggestion here that a strong team was beaten by an ordinary one.
All we’ve said is that we looked to be fielding a strong starting 11. And they played well enough until the penalty but never threatened Liverpool’s goal. I heard one partisan (ie pro-SAFC) commentator say Pepe Reina could have settled down for a cup of tea and sandwich, so underemployed was he. Liverpool looked poor, too, but were the better side. All acknowledged in the reports so far. So what did Steve Bruce, who must bear some responsibility for the awful excuse for football we presented from penalty onwards, make of it? He’s been writing to Monsieur Salut again …
It was a disappointing day.
After a great start I thought it was going to be a decent game but then there was the turning point on the half hour mark.
We had to make changes after losing a couple of players through injuries and overall it was a horror day.
It was really disappointing to lose the way we did, especially as we had a full house.
On a positive note it was good to see a few players coming back who will benefit from playing for an hour, but we made hard work of the game.
It was a hard afternoon with the injuries and we made even harder work of it.
Not only were we down to ten men towards the end but we had Ferdinand and Bardsley also playing injured.
Liverpool were difficult to break down and we huffed and puffed a bit but the goal was the turning point.
You have to say that on the day we didn’t deserve to get anything from the game.