MARTIN O’Neill was short and to the point in the wake of Sunderland’s awful second-half collapse at Everton.
“We were well beaten in the end,” he said. “Well beaten.
“Everton were physically stronger than us and deserved to win.”
It was pointed out to him that the loss of in-form Nicklas Bendtner to a back injury before the game hardly helped Sunderland’s cause.
But the manager was not convinced by that line of reasoning.
“I don’t think you can talk about the loss of one particular player or even two or three players - it shouldn’t unduly affect a Premier League squad,” he said.
“But Everton were stronger overall, played very well and there was some great finishing by them, but we could have done better.”
Read full article, plus Graeme Anderson’s match report, in today’s Sportmail.