Dick Advocaat refused to lay the blame on Sunderland’s opening day hiding on their modest summer investment.
Sunderland slumped to a 4-2 loss at Leicester City today, yet that scoreline flattered the Black Cats, who were well off-the-pace and produced a defensive horror show.
The manner of the defeat reinforced the need for further investment at the Stadium of Light before the end of the transfer window, with Advocaat still looking for a couple of quality additions.
Sunderland have spent almost £20million so far this summer, yet have managed to recoup £9m of that through the sale of Connor Wickham.
But afterwards, Advocaat refused to be critical of Sunderland’s spending after summer arrivals Younes Kaboul, Adam Matthews and Sebastian Coates all endured tough afternoons.
Advocaat said: “You cannot buy only players for £1m, £2m or £3m.
“But that was not a mistake because the president is doing everything to help the team.
“Today was nothing to do with the investment we made, the players were not in the right shape.”
Advocaat admitted he was alarmed by the manner of the display after Sunderland shipped three goals inside a 15-minute first half capitulation.
Goals from Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher in the second half gave Sunderland some hope, yet the damage had already been done.
“It was not only the result which scares me a little bit, but the way we played, especially in the first half,” said Advocaat.
“We still know that we have to change some things, apart from the first five minutes when we created some chances and you have to score.
“The first cross is a goal. The second cross is 2-0 and then the third goal, the left-back is sleeping.
“But they were sharper and they were better.
“They created so many chances because of the way we played. We gave so much space away.
“Hopefully we will learn from this and next week we can do better than we did today.”
Meanwhile, Advocaat explained the reasons behind his decisions to withdraw captain Lee Cattermole on the half-hour mark and replace him with Steven Fletcher.
“Lee Cattermole, like the others, was not in the game, plus the fact that he had a yellow card,” added Advocaat.
“We wanted another forward on as well.
“But there could have been others (who could have gone off).”