Sunderland ace: 'After my error, the game really did change'

Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini believes he was to blame for the defeat against Southampton.

Sunderland's Santiago Vergini has taken responsibility for the side's 8-0 defeat against Southampton at the weekend.

Vergini inadvertently scored Southampton's first goal of the game, by smashing the ball into his own net whilst trying to clear.

It was an inexplicable and humiliating mistake, which the Argentine believes changed the pattern of the match and he has taken the blame for the heavy defeat.

"I take full responsibility for this and, after my error, the game really did change," he said to the Express.

Vergini had been in good form up until the weekend, where he was one of the major under-performers in the side. 

Southampton swept them aside with such ease that concerns have emerged about the passion of the Sunderland squad to get results and Vergini realises that they need to bounce back as soon as possible.

Although the on-loan defender admits that it was an embarrassing display he is determined not to get too down about the defeat and wants to look forward to the future.

"The account we gave of ourselves was embarrassing. We have to look forward now and try to improve for the following game," he said.

"I thank the fans for their excellent support as always and I would really like to say sorry to them for the very poor account we have given of ourselves.

"The first step is to accept the errors we committed and we have to be aware that we are responsible for what happened here.

"We have to look towards the next game and approach it in the best possible condition."

Sunderland's chance to avenge this defeat comes this Saturday when they take on Arsenal at the Stadium of Light. 

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