Sunderland defender DeAndre Yedlin has told the Northern Echo that all of his teammates became far too anxious during their match against Everton at the weekend.
The Black Cats went into the game having beaten Newcastle United 3-0 the week before, and such was their desperation to get another win, it muddled their thinking.
Yedlin feels that Sunderland tried to force the issue at Goodison Park, and that ultimately led them to leave gaps at the back, which Everton exploited to pick up a 6-2 victory.
“We got too anxious,” he said. “Nobody was really thinking right. We were 2-2 away at Everton, we fought back into the game so if we’d have come away with a point that would have been great.
“But we were anxious and we went for the win, there were times when too many guys were pushed forward, myself included, and left the back three by themselves.
“We got hit on the counter and from there, especially against a team like Everton who have so many guys who can hurt you, once they started getting on a roll it was tough to get back.”
Despite the heavy defeat for Sunderland, there were actually some encouraging signs on display against Everton – and Sam Allardyce may not be too discouraged.
The Black Cats did show that they could attack with pace and purpose, but their defensive issues will need to be resolved if they are to start moving up the Premier League table.
Yedlin will be crucial to this, as he seems to have established his position in the starting line-up under Allardyce.
The Tottenham Hotspur loanee has started all three of Allardyce’s matches in charge so far, and he will be hoping to keep his place for the foreseeable future, as Sunderland look to climb out of the drop zone and preserve their Premier League status.