Post B'pool Craic

Sunderland drew for the thirteenth time this season after coming from behind to draw 1 – 1 against Blackpool at the SOL on Tuesday evening. The visitors had taken a deserved lead midway through the first half thanks to a long-range strike from Armand Gnanduillet. Sunderland improved slightly in the second half and did level after Jack Baldwin headed a Grant Leadbitter corner in but the disappointing result leaves Sunderland fourth in the league. Jack Ross had this to say afterwards: “Our remit is to get out of this league, so we are fourth in the league, do we want to be top? Of course, we do. Are we in a position with plenty games to go where we achieve promotion? Absolutely. We have been beaten twice this season and scored in every league game. It depends on how you view it. 50 per cent of the people out there will view it as it’s no good enough, the other 50 per cent will be more realistic and think we are doing alright. I will be happy to discuss that with any person. That group of players, from what they have done since the summer, the challenges they have had to deal with, tonight is another example because they had a real sticky patch, it was a bit uneasy in the stadium. They had two choices after half-time, and they decided to come out and show what they were made of. The players can wear that jersey, they deserve that and they will get their rewards one way or another. One interesting thing about managing this club is the extreme of emotions, it’s wide. It’s my job to make sure while I am managing this club that there is realism about and a pragmatism that needs to be there for us to take us where we need to be. We have had an element of frustration after recent games, for different reasons. We have had a couple of games where we have not seen games out, tonight with the exception of a 15-minute period post their goal I thought we were good. We played better, created more opportunities. There is frustration there but not as much as recent games.”

Ross on Will Grigg’s finishing: “Two opportunities, clear cut, one was prior to their opening goal and the second I think he would back himself every time to score. The good thing for me is he is in those positions because if we get him in those then he will score goals, his track record says that. He is still sore in there. He prides himself on scoring because he is a goalscorer. If we keep making opportunities for him he will take them.”

Ross on Duncan Watmore: “He was a big part of us being more effective in the final third. Duncan, the way he plays the game, is different to the other attacking players we have. He has looked better in recent weeks. It has been a long journey for him and it was a big step forward for him tonight.”