Alan Shearer reported yesterday on Sunderland being 2-0 up after an hour in their home game with Crystal Palace yet they couldn’t hang onto their lead and a goal deep into injury time from Christian Benteke led to their 5th defeat in the first six games.
After such a disastrous start this season confidence cannot be high at the Back Cats and the players became nervous towards the end of the game and seemed to lack concentration.
David Moyes and Alan Pardew on the sidelines Sunday
Shearer wrote this yesterday:
“As a Newcastle fan I don’t mean to rub salt into the wounds but blimey Sunderland! “You are 2-0 up at home against a worthy but mid-table opponent and you cannot see the game out.”
“The late concession of goals suggests a real lack of concentration. “Three times they have conceded in the final five minutes this season costing them four points.”
That’s legitimate criticism of Sunderland and they have made yet another bad start to a Premier League season with just one point from their first six games.
Of course Newcastle couldn’t see the game out at Aston Villa either on Saturday as Villa scored in the last couple of minutes of normal time to take a point.
Christian Benteke is starting to score goals for Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace and now has two goals in six appearances and Palace are up to 7th place in the league on 10 points.
This is what Christian said on Goals on Sunday about his goal, when he was given a free header from the Palace corner four minutes into stoppage time:
“Yeah, I was surprised, because obviously it was probably the last chance of the game, and as soon as I saw the defenders marking zonal, I knew I was going to get my chances.”
“I think it’s the easy way to defend. It’s an easy way to defend for the defender, and it’s an easy way to attack for the attacker.”
After only just saving themselves from relegation almost every year for the past several years, maybe this will be the season Sunderland finally go down again.
But the good news is that David Moyes is a good manager, but only if he gets the full support of owner Ellis Short who doesn’t seem to like to spend too much money on new players.