Chris Coleman expects busy deadline day after ‘unacceptable’ Sunderland defeat



Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by PA

Chris Coleman expects busy deadline day after ‘unacceptable’ Sunderland defeat

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman confirmed he is closing in on reinforcements for the Black Cats’ relegation fight – after blasting his current flops for defeat at Birmingham.

The former Wales boss is aiming for a triple deadline day swoop following a 3-1 loss at St Andrew’s on Tuesday.

Ovie Ejaria is joining on loan from Liverpool as a replacement for Watford-bound Didier Ndong while goalkeeper Andy Lonergan is close to signing from Leeds as Coleman hunts another striker.

Coleman said: “Ndong’s going to Watford and he made it clear he wanted to be back in the Premier League. Ejaria is coming to us until the end of the season which I’m very excited about.

“There’s another one which is not quite there yet (Lonergan) and it’s not over the line. That said in the next 24 hours we need another face, a little experience. It’s been a brutal transfer window for us.”

Coleman watched on Tuesday as David Davis, Jeremie Boga and Sam Gallagher scored for Birmingham to seal victory, with Bryan Oviedo netting a late consolation.

The Black Cats missed their chance to escape the Sky Bet Championship bottom three and they sit second bottom, a point from the safety line.

Coleman added: “It’s unacceptable, that’s the word. We can’t even begin to accept that.

“All over the pitch for an hour we were second best. I don’t get it. These games are cup finals for us.

“You win and you lose but the manner of the first hour, which was surprising considering where we are and who we were playing.”

Victory for Birmingham was their third in five league games and they are now out of the bottom three for the first time in two months.

Boss Steve Cotterill said: “It’s more about being out of the bottom three at the end of the season than it is now but we said if we won tonight and results went our way we could get out of it.

“Now we have to carry on like we have done in the last two or three months to make sure we stay out of it.

“There has been a lot of hard work and we haven’t got the points we’ve deserved but the performances have been really good.”

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