Sunderland defender Jones draws little comfort from shut-out point at Villa

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FIT-AGAIN Billy Jones shared the sense of disappointment at Sunderland’s failure to record all three points after the dismissal of Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph early in the second half of yesterday’s goalless Villa Park draw.

Sunderland’s inability to find a breakthrough prompted head coach Gus Poyet to hold a dressing room discussion with his players afterwards, following an 11th draw from 19 Premier League outings at the halfway stage of the season.

“We’re disappointed because we know these last two games (against Hull and Villa) could easily have been two wins, and that would have made it three wins on the bounce after Newcastle,” said Jones, making his second appearance in three days following a lengthy injury lay-off.

“When Villa went down to 10 men, we saw how we need to improve in the final third – create more chances and take more chances.

“At times, we looked a bit vulnerable because we were so gung ho.

“But we feel it’s two points lost.”

The summer signing added: “The gaffer knows how disappointed we are as a collective.

“I don’t think he felt the need to rant and rave afterwards.

“It was just a general discussion.

“We’re not happy drawing against 10 men, we feel like it’s two points dropped really.”