Echo Jury: Sunderland’s big chance – and they blew it

Villa's Fabian Delph takes on Ji Dong-won in yesterday's Stadium of Light clash. Picture by Peter Berry

Villa's Fabian Delph takes on Ji Dong-won in yesterday's Stadium of Light clash. Picture by Peter Berry

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Echo Juror Tony Potts gave his verdict on Sunderland’s defeat to Aston Villa, writing: “That was a big chance and we blew it.

“It’s not all over, of course, but that could be a mortal blow. Anyone can make a mistake like Cattermole’s – these things happen – but we needed to show more composure and invention than we were able to.

“We started off quite well and, even after going behind, had chances in the first half to level, but nobody seems able to produce a decent shot and our taking of set-pieces is abysmal at times.

“The second half was feeble and there was no sign of a team that had just produced two excellent away results. “The first touch at times was awful, passing was slow and ponderous, there was little movement, too few players seemed to want to take any responsibility and all of that, added to Villa’s obvious time-wasting and lack of control of that by referee Jones, made for as bad an afternoon as we have had at home all season.

“In the end, we were little short of a rabble and Villa had little difficulty in hanging on to the lead. I don’t want it to sound like sour grapes, but they are not a good side either.”

* Read the rest of the Echo Jury’s views in today’s Sunderland Echo