Ross Post Ipswich

Sunderland fell a goal behind (again) but pulled level thanks to Lynden Gooch (again) and ended up drawing 1-1 (again). We were pathetic first half and Jack Ross was not happy afterwards:

“The first half was a long way short of where we need to be, a long way short of what we need to do as a team, and a long way short of what I would put my name to,” he said. “Ultimately, it always comes back to me. There was a frank discussion at half-time because we were a goal behind to a team that did the fundamentals a lot better than us. They were aggressive, competitive, physical. That gave them a platform to go and create, and we were deservedly behind. Second half we do that and take something from the game. There is a lot to contemplate because the first half is a long way off. The second half was a huge difference, it emphasises that you need to do the basics to show the quality you have. We’ve got players with quality, but you need to do the basics. It’s not very often I’ve said that in my time here. We’ve been frustrated by results at times but there’s been very few times when I can be disappointed with the application. That was the case in first 45 but credit to them, they turned it around.”

Ross also questioned his new formation: “The game today, because we didn’t do the fundamentals so you have to question the system. We did change it in the first half, it helped us a bit but not a lot because we weren’t doing the basics. Second half we were a lot more comfortable. I spoke in pre-season about early games giving players the chance to take possession of the jersey but they then have to reach certain levels to keep that. If they don’t, there’s enough competition that they won’t keep their place. It’s a harsh lesson. We came here to try and win the game, we didn’t give ourselves a chance in the first half but in the second we could have done if we replicated that over 90 minutes.”

Denver Hume was taken off at half-time after having a poor game again. “It was tough, I can’t hide from that because I took him off and it was purely tactical. He’s a young man and young players have good days and bad days. It’s a difficult place to come and they played with intensity and tempo in the first half. He’ll be better for it in the long run and he needs to be because you have to show the resilience when you have a difficult afternoon and that’s what defines you.”