Jake’s take on this season’s manager

John McCormick writes: Were there any positives to take from today? I’m trying to think of some but I’m struggling. I suppose, with Palace losing, that we’re not out of it, which is something David Moyes alluded to on “Radio 5 live” after the game. If I remember correctly he said we’re not too far away [from safety], which is true, but in every area of the pitch West Brom, with whom we’ve contested many a promotion challenge and with whom we’ve shared many a relegation battle, were giving Ellis Short a lesson in how to run a club.

I suppose another positive is that we do have a manager with a Premiership pedigree, although I think he might well be trying to rebuild a relegated side next season. Anyway, here’s what he thinks after yet another defeat:

“There were some good things in the game, but ultimately we gave away two poor goals.

We weren’t tight enough on the corner and our defenders were taken out of the game very easily and it was a wonderful strike to beat us.

We played well at times in the first half and much better in the second, but the goals cloud a lot of that and when you lose a game that’s what gets talked about.

We weren’t strong enough; we need to stop conceding the way we have been. I think we’re missing Lamine Kone, he offers us a bit more strength.

George [Honeyman] was our best player; he deserved to keep his place after doing well against Burnley in the week.

Having Victor [Anichebe] back was a big positive for us.

We’ve got over a week until our next game now, hopefully that will let us get some more players back in training, we need it.

PS I’m still listening to Radio 5 live and there’s a bloke with a cockney accent going on about his team – Liverpool.  What’s wrong with supporting your local club, matey?  Ok, that would mean me supporting Liverpool, too, but at heart I’m a faith-keeping lad from County Durham and it will never happen. 

Tags: ,

Salut! Sunderland is written, illustrated and edited by - and principally for - supporters of Sunderland AFC. The site aims to be sufficiently literate and entertaining to appeal to people who do not follow SAFC but enjoy good football writing.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France , bad show Byrne’s boys

Margaret Byrne

Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]

How our Coventry friends hijacked Salut! Sunderland’s League One promotion poll

Follow the Lads at salutsunderland.com

No sour grapes. We – or those of us with too much time on our hands – might well have […]

Bravo England and Sunderland’s Jordans. And now, Allez les Bleus

campo england

Monsieur Salut writes: so sad. England should have been two or three up at half time but lost their way […]

Burton, Scunthorpe or Peterborough – who’ll join Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton and Portsmouth?

McCormick's Craic(featured image) full size 640 x 138

UPDATE: we saw the poll had grown, improbably, to 11,000+ votes with Coventry way out in front on 26 per […]

The improving image of Sunderland AFC. New kit revealed

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Malcolm Dawson, deputy editor, writes……..Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven appear to be men of their word. OK Charlie is a […]