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David Moyes is backing Jordan Pickford despite his error costing us a victory on the south coast. Moyes said: "I told him he played really well. He knows – and he told me – that he made a mistake, but apart from that he played really well and made a couple of very good saves. But this is the dilemma you have. Everybody wants to see young British players play, and sometimes you have to accept that they are going to make mistakes. We can't afford it to cost us, but I want to give the young boys a chance to show what they can do and I thought Jordan played well today. I think the real top players who are given opportunities make mistakes, but what they do then is grow from it. It's like self-development. They have to say 'OK, that's done' and move on. He did a lot of good things, but the goal that was scored was one of those things that can happen when a young goalkeeper is playing and when you are a manager you have that worry in situations like that."

Sunderland have been linked with a loan move for Joe Hart and also Marseille goalkeeper Yohann PeleMoyes since Vito Mannone was injured. Moyes had this to say about back up between the sticks: "We need to bring in another goalkeeper, there's no doubt about that. I wouldn't expect to do that until Tuesday or Wednesday. I wouldn't say that anybody is in the frame, because I wouldn't mention names. But I'm always going to look at good players, because that's what I am trying to do – attract good players. But I've got a very good young goalkeeper and you have to look to the future."

The gaffer also believes that conceding late goals, like we did v Southampton and Man City is down to fatigue. Moyes added: "It happened at Man City too – it was 1-1 there, and we conceded late in the game. Southampton had periods when they had lots of possession, but we limited them. The opening period was probably when we were at our worst. It may have been because we had a cup game in midweek, which they didn't, so they started brighter. And maybe that game in midweek might even have had an effect in the last 10 or 15 minutes, because we have roughly the same group of players – we haven't got many to choose from. But I thought Kone played well today, but I can't really say too much about what might happen."

Moyes is also hoping that Jermain Defoe will make the England squad. "I wouldn't be surprised at all, because Jermain Defoe is a goalscorer. He has that ability to score out of very little. And Sam knows him, he knows him better than me because he has worked with him for longer than I have. From what I've seen, he is a really good pro and that's what I like about him. He wants to do things right, and he wants to stay in good condition. He is certainly not someone who is just playing out the latter days of his career. I'd love to have a Sunderland player in the England squad. We started at Everton like that, then I hoped to have two players in the England squad, then three, and build it up into a squad of top international players. If Jermain Defoe gives us the start we need, I will be thrilled. He took his penalty kick terrifically well, and we are going to need his goals. I haven't seen it [the penalty] yet. But some people say yes and some people say no, so if it is a split decision the referee has to call it one way or the other. He's a really good finisher, and we just need to keep a check on him because he is carrying a bit of a thigh strain."

Moyes also had a kind word for Javier Manquillo and Adnan Januzaj: "I thought the right-back played very well today on his debut, so there were some pluses.I thought Adnan [Januzaj] had some great moments for us, and there were moments where you could see what a great player he is. We have to raise our quality and make sure that we are winning games, not drawing or losing them."

Jermain Defoe is hoping his dream comes true and that he's selected for Sam Allardyce's first England squad. Defoe said: "It is nice to score and it is always at the back of your mind when you score goals, that is what you get judged on. We will see what happens, I just want to keep working hard, keep scoring my goals. The squad gets announced today, if I am in it will be a dream, if not, I will just continue to play well and try and get my goals. It is a long season, we have only had three games, there are a lot of points to play for. I've always said, first and foremost concentrate on my club football and then see what happens after that. Let's be realistic, if I am scoring goals in the Premier League then why not? There is no difference between Premier League and international football. If you get a chance in a game, you have to score."

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I'd love to say "what a difference a win makes" but, with all due respect, it was only the EFL Cup and Shrewsbury, and we have bigger things to worry about. Mind, it was a cracking goal that won us the cup game and we're hoping that's him warmed up for the season. Manquilla has arrived, and the rumours are that he was one of three guests watching Wednesday's game - so maybe that's the way we're doing things - quietly. Nice, but let's see who the other two are.

Of course, we were glad to get through the game with no further injuries, which is an achievement for us these days, so we set off at daft o'clock for the south coast with six hours in which to work out the starting eleven. Oh, and to argue over the newspaper reports that Ellis Short is both to blame and a victim of the club's financial situation. It couldn't be simple with us, could it? At least we had plenty of time to discuss the situation, and pick the team once each - perhaps we should have put a fiver in the pot and whoever picked the team closest to the manager's choice could have won - and got the beers in.

With a week supposedly being a long time in football, you'd think that two years would be long enough to forget about the eight goal game, but of course nobody had - which led to lively, but good-natured chat with the home fans. Two hours later, they were moaning that we had been muscular (Kone and mebbe Gooch apart, that was clearly nonsense) and that Defoe had gone down as if shot. Well, we'd all have taken a point before the game, as it's the law away from home, but once ahead we should have won it. We'll let Pickford off, as he'd been otherwise imperious, and celebrate the point.

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Sunderland drew 1-1 away at Southampton in a game where we took the lead through a late Jermain Defoe penalty, but threw it away just minutes later after a Jay Rodriguez fizzer beat Jordan Pickford. It was an improved performance, but there is still plenty of work to be done, particularly with the transfer window soon to close. David Moyes had this to say afterwards: "I’m happy to get a point, but disappointed we didn’t get three and that we couldn’t see the game out. Jordan Pickford knows he could have done better for the goal, but apart from that I think he did very well throughout the game. It was always going to be hard coming here as we know Southampton are a good side and they did well against Manchester United last week. They had a lot of the ball and there were times we had to defend really well. We had a period just before half time where we did really well but we know we’ve got to improve on that. We’ve still got work to do and we know that, we must stop dropping points in games and see them out until the end. It’s important that we’ve got that point on the board, especially from a difficult away game. I said I thought we were unlucky to drop points at Man City and I think the same here today. We’ve now got to work on turning around the stuff that isn’t going in our favour and get more points on the board. There’s an international break coming now and that hopefully gives us time to get players in and get injured players back fit again."

In other news, the gaffer has been talking up Jordan Pickford following Vito Mannone’s elbow injury, which will keep the Italian out until Christmas. To be fair Jordan is the better keeper, so this is the least of our worries. “What I’ve seen is, I think he’s got a period where he has to grow up from being a young goalkeeper into a Premier League goalkeeper, first of all,” said Moyes. “I’ve introduced a lot of young players in the first team and they have to take it on very quickly, and as a goalkeeper even more so, because you’re nearly questioning all the things you do. But there’s an awful lot of faith in Jordan here, I think people like him and think he’s got really good potential, so I think that from that point of view we’re going to try and keep developing him. He’s got to be the one who, now, when he gets his chance, when you’re a young player, there’s a big part of self-development where you have to get to grips with the difference, the speed. The boys can strike the ball much harder for example than it would have been at youth level. They can whip the crosses in much faster. The combinations, the speed off the line, must be much faster because of the speed of the players. All the things to do with goalkeeping get taken up a notch when you go up to the Premier League and you can’t always re-enact it every day in training. That’s where you have to quickly pick things up.”

On the Vito injury/rehab, he had this to say: “We are having a second opinion to see whether it will go in a brace or need an operation, but either way it is a minimum of three months. That is disappointing for Vito, more importantly, but means we need to bring in another goalkeeper. It is part of a footballer’s life isn’t it, unfortunately? It was the last cross in training; Joel [Asoro] just caught his arm as he was pushing the ball away. It is always the way, it is really unfortunate. We will do everything we can to get him back as quickly as we can. As one door closes, another opens for Jordan to show his worth. He has to now show he is capable of wearing the gloves and carrying it off."

We are also being linked with England goalkeeper Joe Hart, but the £7million loan fee, plus £125,000 a week wages suggest we have more chance of winning the league than signing him! Moyes added: “I will need to wait and see what is available in the next few days. We will give Jordan the jersey just now and see how it goes, it is more a case of seeing what can and can’t be got.”

In other injury news, Lee Cattermole is ahead of schedule following his double hernia operation. The gaffer said: “I’d say Lee is ahead of schedule, and that’s good, but what you don’t want is for the injury to reoccur. Lee has been very rarely able to train the day after a game, and sometimes he misses days - I want to get rid of that. I want him to be able to get out on the training field every day.”

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