Post Barnsley Craic

Sunderland’s long run of scoring in every game this season came to an end as the spoils were shared in a crucial game at the top of League One. Jack Ross had this to say afterwards: “When you play in weather conditions like we did tonight it’s always going to be difficult. Anything can happen in weather like that so to come out of it as we did and relatively unscathed, I think we can be reasonably satisfied. Sometimes when you aren’t on the pitch you can’t appreciate how difficult it is. Barnsley were really strong in the first half and made it difficult for us to get out of our own half. Both sets of players struggled in the conditions but had chances, it’s just a shame we were unable to take one of them.”

In other news, Duncan Watmore has been ruled out for eight to 12 weeks with ankle ligament damage. Jack Ross said: "Duncan will most likely miss rest of the season. We are looking at 8-12 weeks’ timescale, even if he comes back before the end he will find it difficult to get up to speed. If there is a positive then his knee feels strong and well. It’s a blow for him and us. We are also missing Chris Maguire in the forward positions. You can have a full squad and then suddenly it can change very quickly but we have showed that we have enough in our squad to cope with the challenges. It’s ankle ligament damage. As a manager you can’t just say he’s great, I have always said players are human beings. To use a Scottish phrase, he is scunnered, he is fed-up, he has worked for two years out the game to get back. He has been in a good place. There’s nothing wrong with feeling that way. He then has to deal with it and he is a positive guy anyway. The positive is his knee feels strong. We weren’t pleased with the tackle at the time and that is what happens sometimes."