Rodwell was unimpressed with how his side defended against Exeter City.
Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has described the defensive display that his side showed against Exeter City in the League Cup as 'awful' as the Black Cats progressed against their lower league opponents 6-3.
Rodwell managed to bag a brace but the issue that has had a big hand in Sunderland getting off to a poor start to the Premier League season gave them a bit of a scare earlier on in the week as it's clear things need to be tightened up at the back.
The midfielder is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “There were some things to take from the Exeter game confidence-wise, but there’s still loads to work on defensively.
“We need to do that as a team, not just the back four, because it’s easy to point fingers.
“We went 2-0 up and you’re hoping we can cruise through this, but, defensively, it was pretty awful."
Having conceded eight goals in their opening three league games, ideally Sunderland will have been looking for a clean sheet rather than conceding three to a side way down the Football League ladder.
This weekend they face a huge trip to Aston Villa as they look to get their first win on the board. Though they have some kind of confidence from the win, the problems at the back are as clear as ever.
Awful is probably the best way to describe their current defending and there needs to be plenty of work done on the training ground to correct it.
A positive result feels like a must for Sunderland even at this stage of the season when they travel to Villa Park, meaning that their back line can't afford to let them down again.