Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat was left frustrated following a second-half collapse against Crystal Palace this weekend, that sees the relegation-threatened Black Cats suffer a real setback in their bid to avoid the drop, reports BBC Sport.
Sunderland and Crystal Palace were goalless at half-time, but the second-half came to life with five goals scored in total. Palace took the lead minutes after the break through Glenn Murray, before Yannick Bolasie bagged himself a quick hat-trick around the hour mark of the game.
Sunderland pulled a goal back at the death through Connor Wickham, but it was nothing other than consolation. The manner of the defeat will have both angered and surprised manager Dick Advocaat, given that the North-East outfit had only recently beating fierce rivals Newcastle in the Premier League a week before.
The humiliating loss now sees the Black Cats dangerously close to the relegation zone in the business end to the season, while his side offered very little through, despite having home advantage. Advocaat will now know exactly what a job he has to keep Sunderland in the Premier League based on their weekend showing, and was frustrated at the manner of their loss.
“We have to recover in 14 days with an away game against Stoke and we have to do better as this was not good enough. After the Newcastle game we did not see this performance coming. We had trained really well and the confidence had come back. We gave the match away in the first 10 minutes of the second half,” he said.
“We could not cope with their pace, but I don’t want to complain about the players. We win as a team and lose as a team. We still have six matches left and it’s in our hands. You cannot lose 4-1 to Crystal Palace in a home game because we need to get results.”
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