Dick Advocaat was unhappy with what his side served up on their opening day fixture against Leicester City.
Sunderland Head Coach Dick Advocaat admits he did not see the performance his side served up at Leicester City coming on Saturday, as his side lost 4-2 to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
The Black Cats started the game slowly and went into the break 3-0 down, and though there was something of an improvement in the second half, the man they call the little general was not happy with what he saw from the Black Cats.
He's quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: "Anger and frustration are the right words.
“I did not see it coming in the last four or five weeks.
“Except for the first 10 minutes – when we had the chances to score, and you have to score at this level, and then there was the first goal.
“It’s always nice and easy with the ball, but it needs to be quicker and sharper.
“It wasn’t there on Saturday.
“The whole team was slow, not sharp, not in the game.”
Given they left the East Midlands empty handed, there is a lot more pressure on Sunderland to get all three points against newly-promoted Norwich City.
The Canaries didn't get the start to the new season they wanted having lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace at Carrow Road so both sides will be desperate to get some points on the board.
There has been a bit of talk before the season started from some inside the Sunderland camp suggesting a good start was essential considering the relative kindness of their opening fixtures, especially after a slow start last season contributed to their struggles towards the end of last season.
It will be interesting to see if there is a response from Sunderland. In the second half of their display against Leicester, their performance improved a great deal as they showed a goal threat. They need to tighten up at the back if they are gong to get a win against a free-flowing Norwich side.