Advocaat hails Sunderland display, but says improvement won’t affect hopes for new signings

Sunderland's Jeremain Lens takes on Swansea skipper Ashley Williams
Sunderland's Jeremain Lens takes on Swansea skipper Ashley Williams
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Dick Advocaat says a vastly-improved display from Sunderland makes no difference on his hopes for further recruits before the transfer deadline.

Sunderland were unrecognisable in today’s 1-1 draw against Swansea from the side swatted aside by Leicester and Norwich in the opening two games, as the Black Cats registered their first point of the season.

Advocaat was delighted by the response from his side, and felt Sunderland should have been given the chance to take all three points after referee Neil Swarbrick failed to award a spot-kick for a blatant handball from Swansea skipper Ashley Williams.

But Advocaat still wants up to three more recruits in the remainder of the transfer window, to provide a much-needed injection of further quality.

“That (his views on further signings) will not change,” said Advocaat.

“Hopefully everybody has seen that.

“But I’m very happy with the way the team responded after the last two games.

“Despite the 1-1, you saw moments in the game where we were a team in midfield and up front, which was positive.

“The way we played with the spirit we showed last year, you could see that you can get results.

“If the referee had given us the penalty, which was a penalty, then we could have won.

“But I can live with 1-1, to be fair to Swansea as well.”

There was a far greater commitment, energy and intensity around Sunderland’s performance, with the crisis team meeting after last weekend’s defeat against Norwich clearly reaping rewards.

Advocaat added: “It’s true that they responded very well. Right from the beginning, the players showed they were ready.

“We said to them this week that if you can do what they did last season, working right with the spirit of the team, you get the crowd behind you, even after the previous two games.

“You see what you can do in the home games.

“There was a lot of energy. You could see Swansea had the bit better players.

“But hopefully at the end, we can do a little bit the same.”