Coleman bemused by Black Cats display



Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by PA

Coleman bemused by Black Cats display

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman was left scratching his head after another awful display heightened relegation concerns at the Stadium of Light.

Brentford were able to leave Wearside with three points courtesy of Kamo Mokotjo’s 13th-minute opener and then Neal Maupay’s clever flick 15 minutes later.

The 2-0 defeat leaves Sunderland sitting three points adrift of safety in the Sky Bet Championship after a run of just one win from eight matches.

Coleman, whose side face fellow strugglers Bolton on Tuesday, said: “I should have expected it really I suppose.

“More grief, frustration and suffering, it’s there really from the last four games, we were nervous, there was panic and a lack of cohesion.

“We were two down at half-time and that’s what we deserved. It’s alarming because of the situation we’re in, but again the opposition didn’t have to work hard to score the goals.

“I’ll be ready for Tuesday and I look forward to it – (it’s the) biggest game of the season. I need to make sure that I take a group of players who are ready for it also.

“If you’re winning on the pitch you can cover a multitude of sins. It’s a huge challenge, we’ve shown that when we really want to we can, we don’t want to enough times. We’ve got three days until the game of the season and we have to get ready for that.”

Brentford boss Dean Smith was clearly more satisfied and knows the victory was comfortable – even though his team had not won for three matches beforehand.

The Bees are now five points adrift of the play-off places and Smith wants to see more performances like this one.

He said: “First half we came out of the blocks very well and we played as well as we have for a while. In the second half we weren’t as great but you go anywhere on the road, score two goals and keep a clean sheet (and) you’re happy.

“We knew they would change something at half-time but we went in front with a well-worked goal. The only disquiet from me at half-time was that we were only two goals up and the scoreline wasn’t as comfortable as I would have liked.

“We came out of the traps very well, we spoke about starting on the front foot and we came and did that. They had a great comeback last week and we wanted to dampen that as quickly as we could.

“We all saw what happened with Aston Villa last season and Steve Bruce has turned that round there, and I think Chris can do the same at Sunderland. Any job is tough when you’ve been going through a tough period of results, it’s up to Chris to turn around that slump but I think he can.”

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