Post Bristol Craic

Sunderland turned in a decent performance to come from a goal down to beat Bristol Rovers 2 – 1 at the SOL on Saturday afternoon in difficult conditions. In gale force winds, Baltic temperature’s and driving rain, goals from Adam Matthews and Josh Maja cancelled out Alex Rodman’s opener as Sunderland remain third in the league hot on the heels of the top two. Jack Ross had this to say afterwards: “We knew what kind of day it would be, difficult conditions, but the result superseded everything. We deserved the result, we had to show the character by coming from behind again. It was a day when the result was ultimate importance. It was a peculiar start, disappointing result through the week against Walsall, so we freshened the team up and wanted to put it right. I was reasonably pleased with the start, frustrating to concede. I am pleased the lads got the break before half-time. It was a good reward for them and it changed the mood slightly. Josh had looked sharp, I thought he might score on a couple of occasions. Although this was not a perfect performance, there were still good things and it is a day at this time of the year when we have to grind out the results. We have faced different challenges, we have had to come from behind again, and we have had to use our squad because of injuries in the build up, the warm up and during the game. We have asked players to take responsibility and they have.”

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