Another defeat for Sunderland but there were positives for new manager Chris Coleman.

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Chris Coleman’s first game in charge of Sunderland ended in a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa. It’s now 16 league games without a win and the Black Cats are four points adrift at the bottom of the Championship.

Clinical finisher

Though another loss for Sunderland, there were positive signs for Coleman. After falling two goals behind, Sunderland pulled a goal back through Lewis Grabban who scored his 10th goal of the season. Sunderland have a clinical finisher and that’s vital in a relegation battle. Grabban has now scored seven in his last six outings so there is a player in the squad who has confidence. 

Lewis Grabban of Sunderland scores Aston Villa goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Positive football

Another thing that will please the former Wales boss was his side’s application. Sunderland tried to play positive football. Youngster George Honeyman and Lynden Gooch were bright sparks according to the Sunderland Echo. 

Coleman said his team “could have easily melted,” as reported by the Guardian, but they continued to probe and never gave up and that fight will please the fans.  

 

Coming together for the cause?

There are early signs of togetherness since the 46-year-old arrived. The fans seem to have taken to their new manager who made the point of going over to applaud them before the game.

Coleman also gave a pat on the back to his players as they walked down the tunnel at half time and that bit of motivation paid off as Sunderland showed spirit to pull a goal back. 

The Black Cats will hope to take those positives into a huge six pointer against Burton Albion this weekend. 

 

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