April 19, 2024

Tony Mowbray described Sunderland’s performance from yesterday night as “frustrated.”

The Black Cats’ manager, in an interview with The Northern Echo, identified what his team truly “lacked” as they suffered their second straight loss.

Sunderland were booed off by their own fans as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Huddersfield Town on home soil yesterday.

Tony Mowbray‘s side had dominated the ball throughout but were unable to create many clear cut chances, while the Terriers took the few that they had very well.

It is their eighth defeat in only 18 games this season and one of many underwhelming performances in recent months.

After another poor display, Mowbray has criticised Sunderland’s ‘ridiculous’ moment at the Stadium of Light.

“Huddersfield Town at home, we should be winning, the fans expect that and we expect that,” said Mowbray.

“I wasn’t here yesterday but I was trying to feel the mood before the game. If there’s a team you think you should be beating you have to have heightened adrenaline and make it happen, don’t just think it will happen.

“I felt we lacked a bit of intensity really to drive home our superiority. If you’re even five percent off your maximum you can get hurt. We have to take it on the chin and congratulate them.”

“I was disappointed with the performance. We lacked a bit of energy tonight and creativity breaking down their defence.

“We knew how they play and what they were going to do. I was frustrated with the performance.

“It’s not the first time we’ve faced a team who put a lot of men behind the ball and it’s not the first time we’ve struggled to break them down and score goals. We just have to keep working. It’s a frustrating night for us.

“I’m disappointed with the goals we lost of course, a set-play and a ridiculous second goal. But no excuses, they came, made life difficult for us and got the points.

Sunderland v Huddersfield Town - Sky Bet Championship

Each game is unique. We were able to dominate Plymouth as they attempted to win the game. Huddersfield came to suffocate us tonight, but they scored from a set-play and caused us a lot of trouble.

It wasn’t a day where we needed to put in a lot of work; instead, we needed to demonstrate ingenuity and cunning, which we lacked. The topic of conversation on that day was how we were going to score against this team, not about effort.

Should Tony Mowbray be sacked?

Tony Mowbray is definitely right in saying we lacked intensity. Right from kick off we looked slow and not at all bothered about getting the ball up the pitch.

It is far from the exciting football we saw for most of last season, but the only real absence from that squad is Amad Diallo.

We are at a bit of a loss at the moment and I’m not sure anyone really knows what the answer is.

There are many calls for Tony Mowbray’s sacking now, but I feel as though we owe him more of a chance to turn things around. The players definitely love him and he has worked wonders for us over the past year, so giving him until Christmas seems fair.

Of course, it is not the manager’s fault that we didn’t sign an experienced striker. We would surely still be in the play-off spots now if that had happened.

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