Sunderland lost their first competitive game for six months 5-4 on penalties, with Will Grigg missing his spot kick, whilst Hull netted all of theirs. Meanwhile, on the takeover front, fresh rumours suggest a deal could be concluded by the end of this month. If I was you, I wouldn’t hold your breath.
Phil Parkinson had this to say afterwards: “I’m pleased with the performance,” said the Sunderland boss. “I thought we were more effective in our play today. I thought last week some of our build-up play was slow, and today we were quicker. We were more dynamic as a team, and I thought we threatened during those periods of pressure. It’s important to take your chances, but I think we were unlucky for Grigg’s goal from the corner not to count. The keeper looks as though he’s just slipped over to me. We had other good opportunities and weren’t able to take them, but in terms of energy level, intensity and the balance of the way we want to play, I thought we were good today. Hull were always going to lift their game to a certain degree in the second period, but I still felt we were the better team and should really have won the game comfortably.”
Parkinson also confirmed that we are in for Argentinian striker Mateo Bajamich, after we submitted a £500,000 bid. “Like I said when we signed Arbenit, we’ve got to spread our net wide to find the right players to add the quality we need into the squad,” said Parkinson. “He’s obviously a player we’ve looked at, and along with a number of targets, we’d like to add a couple more players into the group sooner rather than later. (What we do) all depends on the age of the players coming in. If it’s an Under-21, they obviously don’t count in the salary cap in terms of the wages and also the numbers. It would be ideal if one of the places we got in was an Under-21 player because it would mean we could get an extra senior player into the squad.”