Paolo Di Canio has issued an apology to Sunderland fans after his side’s crushing 6-1 defeat at relegation rivals Aston Villa on Monday night, according to The
Christian Benteke’s hat-trick helped Villa move level on points with Di Canio’s side – who had Stephane Sessegnon sent off in the second-half – in the Premier League table.
And the Black Cats boss branded the Villa Park loss as “humiliating”, going over to the visiting supporters at the final whistle to hold his hands up to his team’s lacklustre performance.
Di Canio said: “It’s not acceptable, it’s obvious there were two different teams on the field. One team, Aston Villa, with a ferocity, with desire, ambition and dedication, like it was the last chance of their life.
“In some ways, they looked like us in the last few weeks. It’s obvious this can happen once in football but it’s not acceptable. Obviously we have to apologise to all of our environment because we have a big responsibility.
“We have to make sure this week we are going to work like we did in the last few weeks with the blood in our eyes and make sure we are going to treat the next game like it is the last game of the season and we need three points. ”
Sunderland are five points above the relegation zone but have played a game more than 18th-placed Wigan Athletic.
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