Sunderland’s Di Canio: Learn from mistakes

Paolo Di Canio with Rafael Benitez at full time.
Paolo Di Canio with Rafael Benitez at full time.
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PAOLO DI CANIO will not sweep any of Sunderland’s errors under the carpet.

Di Canio was disappointed with the manner of the two goals the Black Cats conceded in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, as his new charges extended their winless streak to nine games.

But far from banishing the memory of a sixth defeat in eight, Sunderland’s head coach will guide his players through a help manual of their mistakes.

Di Canio is a big advocate of video analysis and believes by highlighting the clangers, it will ensure his squad make the improvements needed for Sunderland to preserve their Premier League status.

“We’ve got to do much better (defending the two goals) obviously, although we kept going until the end in the right way,” said Di Canio.

“The lads are ready to work so hard and we will analyse the mistakes.

“It is only through that way that people can improve and next time they will consider doing something else.”

Di Canio cited left-back Danny Rose as one player with room for improvement after his inability to prevent Chelsea’s equaliser at Stamford Bridge.

In the build-up to Matt Kilgallon’s own goal, just 65 seconds after the break, Rose was beaten by half-time substitute Fernando Torres after the Spaniard collected possession on the left flank.

And Di Canio insists it is his task to ensure that Sunderland’s players make better judgments in their quest to avoid relegation to the Championship.

Di Canio added: “There was an instant where one of my players (Rose) could do better in the future in approaching an opponent like Torres and show him to the touchline.

“You can’t let him come inside, see all the field and play the ball to his team-mate on the edge of the box.

“But that is part of my job to stop that happening again.”