Sunderland 1 Man City 4: Dick Advocaat looks for positives

Dick Advocaat
Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat says he was more angry at Bournemouth last weekend than after Sunderland’s Capital One Cup hiding against Manchester City.

Sunderland were blown away during the first half at the Stadium of Light after City took advantage of more slapstick defending from the Black Cats to net four times before the interval.

However, head coach Advocaat was surprisingly upbeat in his post-match assessment - insisting he remains confident that Sunderland will turn a corner and was more frustrated by Saturday’s defeat at relegation rivals Bournemouth.

Advocaat insists he can’t legislate for individual errors, with Patrick van Aanholt and Vito Mannone both culpable for a couple of goals each, albeit the Dutchman opted not to refer to them by name.

“I think the way we played in the first 25 minutes, it was very positive,” said Advocaat.

“I was not happy with the way we gave the goals away, and that’s not the first time.

“It makes no sense to name names, because everyone could see the mistakes. Simple mistakes.

“But before that, when they were winning 1-0, we had a good chance to score and make it 1-1.

“At the moment, everything is not rolling our way, but at a certain moment, that will change.

“We gave the second goal away and then you have to be careful that it’s not 5-0 or 6-0.

“They (Man City) are a great team, with great individuals.

“I was more angry at Bournemouth, because they are totally different in quality.”

As at Bournemouth, Sunderland saw a goal debatably disallowed after Fabio Borini tucked the ball into the City net, only for referee Roger East to pull the game back for a foul on Nicolas Otamendi when the defender appeared to have simply lost his footing.

It was crucial as City were only 1-0 ahead at the time.

Advocaat added: “You saw it on Saturday. You need a bit of luck to go in front. At the moment, everything is going the opposite way.”