Peter Reid reacts to Sunderland's hammering at Everton

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Peter Reid believes Sam Allardyce needs to get Sunderland back to basics.

Former Sunderland boss Peter Reid says Sam Allardyce has plenty of work to do after their 6-2 loss to Everton.

A second half collapse saw Sunderland go from drawing 2-2 to losing 6-2, with Arouna Kone netting a superb hat-trick.

Reid also gave credit to Everton, for who he played more than 150 times during his playing career during the 1980s.

He told Breathe Sport: "Thoroughly deserved victory for Everton today in a very open game! Big Sam needs to get the lads on the training ground as their defending left a lot to be desired and he would have expected to get something at 2-2.

"But, take nothing away from Everton, who played with pace and showed great passing. People will give Kone a nod for MOTM but I would give it Lukaku; great performance from the big man."

Reid will not be joining Allardyce in imparting his wisdom to the not-so-savvy Sunderland defenders. Reid had been linked with a return to work under the former West Ham manager, but Allardyce explained that he did not want to ruin his friendship with him by appointing him.

He explained to the Sunderland Echo: "Reidy is a very good friend and I’ve never been a believer in appointing friends in coaching.

“As much as I know Reidy would have loved to come back, I have to stick to my own beliefs.”

The respect the pair have for one another will have likely led to Reid holding back in his criticism of the players - for their defending was so bad in the second half they can not complain when much harsher comments are aimed in their direction.

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