Dick Advocaat saw his side get off to the worst possible start after a collapse at the King Power Stadium.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the 24-year old said:
“It’s not an ideal start but we still have belief in the group. If we beat Norwich it’s a better start than last season when we managed to draw against Manchester United and West Brom.”
“I would prefer to lose one and win one than draw three.”
“That’s what we did too many times last season, draw, so if we beat Norwich that’s a better start than last season.”
Rodwell didn’t shy away from criticising the team’s defensive display, adding:
“It’s such a bad start, coming in at half time 3-0 down it was such a sloppy start.They were three goals we could have easily avoided. In the first game of the Premier League you don’t want to be giving sloppy goals away.”
“We came in at half time with an uphill task and we had to show a bit of balls out there in the second half and try not to get beaten by six or seven.”
It was a disappointing start to a season which was preceeded by its fair share of optimism. The arrivals of Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul were lauded as great pieces of business, but the former Spurs man, in particular, had a shocking debut.
He displayed the lack of awareness and fondness for costly errors that categorised the latter part of his Tottenham career, and Dick Advocaat may now be ruing the faith placed in a Sebastian Coates and Younes Kaboul partnership.
It’s clear that there remains major work to do if Sunderland are to avoid another relegation scrap this season. The real concern however, is that there isn’t a specific area in desperate need of reinforcements, but rather an overhaul required and with just over three weeks remaining in the transfer window – time is running out.