Following our first defeat this season, centre half Bailey Wright told fans how we get back on track ahead of the forthcoming trip to Spotland on Tuesday evening.
“We take a lot of pride in being solid defensively and not conceding, which we have done. Although saying that, we know there's going to be games where we concede and we lose and unfortunately today was one of them. There were fine margins in the game and fine points in which the game changes. We're not going to get too disappointed about it. This is football, we've had a good start and we just continue to keep doing all the things we're doing that have given us success so far. We know what we're good at and what we've been good at and we know the things we need to improve. A win, any win, they're hard to come by, and we’ve dominated many games this year and maybe not got the reward of the amount of goals we've deserved. Credit to the lads, we've created, we've been at it, we've been solid - they are our foundations and we pride ourselves on them and we work on them. The attacking lads, the goal scorers, every day in training it's so difficult playing against these boys. It's only a matter of time until we are a bit more free-flowing with the goals because the work is there, the quality is there, the commitment is there and we just need that rub of the green. A big win could come our way, but whatever wins we get we'll take them and keep building. It's a cliché, but you've got to focus on your next game and look at the positives and build, and then look to take maximum points.”
“The next one for us is Rochdale and we're ready for that. Two points per game, it's a good average but this is a tough old league. We have a good togetherness on and off the pitch and we have a lot of things that are ticking boxes. Today, there were a lot of positives to take and a look of criticisms that we can look to build on and be more resilient. With every game comes an opportunity to get stronger and that's how we look at it. Midweek games are good; if there's no midweek game then we get some preparation done on the training field. There are pros and cons whichever way you look at it, but the good thing is we can get back on the pitch and look to put it right in what will be another tough game. There are a lot of tough games and a lot of football left to be played and we're looking forward to it and relishing the challenge. It's a long old season and the team is going to chop and change, There's going to be injuries, there's going to be suspensions, tactical changes and that's the beauty of having the squad we've got. We've got such a strong squad that anyone can come in and do a job. For me, fortunately I've had a good run of games and played in the middle of the back three, but everyone is fighting for that shirt and you can't be complacent with the squad we've got. We're all going to need to be together and it's important we're all pulling in the right direction - and we are. I'm delighted to be a Sunderland player and I'm here, I want to be successful here and I feel good things are happening, we have a good group and the gaffer has built a good group and a culture. Obviously today, the loss is disappointing but we know what we're about, our goals and our expectations and we know what we need to do to achieve them. Everyone has each other's backs, we're working together and I enjoy coming in every day and that's what you want. The plan is for success to follow that.”