Another defeat for Sunderland but there were positives for new manager Chris Coleman.
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.
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.
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.
Another defeat, two more goals conceded but some actual football played today, with a lot less hoofing. Not a bad performance considering how many players we are missing and the fact Coleman’s only been in charge for a couple of days. I’m optimistic.— Andy (@SAFCsource) November 21, 2017
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.
The Black Cats will hope to take those positives into a huge six pointer against Burton Albion this weekend.