MARTIN O’Neill cast a disconsolate figure in post-match interview at Goodison Park, the Sunderland manager’s mood darkened by a certainty in his own mind that his team had done enough to take all three points, writes Graeme Anderson.
The Black Cats’ boss hailed a first-half performance from his players which saw them going into the break leading 1-0.
But he felt had his team made the most of a couple of great early chances in that period, they could have pretty much guaranteed themselves the win.
“We should have been out of sight at half-time,” he said. “Instead of one up we should have been three up.
“We had two decent chances before we got the goal and we looked pretty well in command of the game.
“I thought we were exhilarating in the first half.
“It was a great performance and it was a shame we couldn’t cap it with just one or two more goals.
“Frustration is my over-riding feeling from the game.
“We knew we would be under pressure in the second half.
“But we also knew we were looking pretty dangerous on the break.
“We could have done with scoring a second goal but even if we didn’t score a second goal we had something to hold on to.
“Unfortunately we’ve conceded goal and the second goal epitomised a bit of luck for them, a bit of misfortune for us but obviously we are very disappointed.”
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