Post Luton Round Up

After dominating much of the match, Sunderland had to settle for a point against Luton on Saturday afternoon. Josh Maja gave us the lead with a great first half strike, but Matthew Pearson’s second half leveller earned The Hatters a draw. Here’s what Jack Ross said afterwards: “By nature of the club we have to have an ambition to win every single game, but you won’t win every game no matter what club you are. If you look at it as a starting point, win your home games and collect something on your travels you give yourself a right good chance of having a good season. It has been a positive start from us. I don’t think we could have picked a tougher away game to start the season, their [Luton’s] first home game. They are a team on a high after winning promotion last season. The game was as I expected it to be. The performance and effort levels from the players was good. There was not a lot in the game, playing different systems. The pitch is pretty tight here, it negates what we are good at. We looked for that bit of quality and got it from Josh. Having been in a winning position and reasonably comfortable second half we weren't under that huge pressure, that is where the disappointment lies, being ahead and not seeing the game out from there. Set pieces are going to be something we have to defend well all season, we weren’t cut open that much Defensively we have been cut open very rarely. It is well documented we have given up some in height and physicality too. Overall, we defended set pieces really well, so the manner of the goal added to the disappointment.”

After finishing the Luton game without a striker on the pitch, Jack Ross admitted that there is 'nothing imminent' regarding the arrival of Manchester United striker James Wilson, who is available on loan. "There is a lot of players we have looked at and assessed but these players also have other options in terms of where they might go to. James Wilson is certainly one who we have been aware of but nothing imminent. I have said that before and things have changed quickly. As a group we will continue to get better and a stronger as the season goes on. We have started okay in terms of results and performances, there is enough in there and to come in to make sure we improve week in, week out. Hopefully the beginning of the week might bring some good news in that respect."

In other news, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder reckons that that Billy Sharp rejected the chance to join Sunderland midweek.

Jack Ross also discussed Kacper Przybyłko, who we’ve had on trial of late: “He has done okay when he has been in, we might have another look at him over the course of this week but are yet to decide that. The only challenge with that is he is playing a lot of catch up in terms of fitness, we have to assess whether we can afford to take that on. Anyone coming in has to be able to hit the ground running, Max [Power] and Jack [Baldwin] came in and played straight away."