Jozy Altidore has lamented Sunderland’s Capital One Cup defeat against Stoke City, Sky
The United States international scored the opening goal in the 2-1 reverse and said that while he doesn’t feel the Black Cats should have been on the losing side, it’s not acceptable to give up a winning position.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose. I don’t think we played that bad,” Altidore said. “But this has haunted us the whole of last season and a bit this year. Games we should win, we’re not winning.
“It’s something that we need to address now or else it’s inevitable that what happened last season – and the pressure – will come back,” he continued. “If it’s close and you’re going to lose the game, you want to look back and be applauding the other team for a great strike.
“We’re still losing games where we’re leaving ourselves short. So, we deserve better and it’s not saying just ‘this guy’ is playing bad. We need to be collectively better. We understand that and we’ve got home games coming up where we’ve got the chance to do that.”
The goal was Altidore’s first for Sunderland, after 30 games since a 2013 move from AZ Alkmaar. A double from Stoke defender Marc Muniesa cancelled the goal out.
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