Barry Dixon: No need to panic over Sunderland’s friendly defeats

Sunderland v Club de Futbol Pachuca on their North American tour. Picture: David Mackie.
Sunderland v Club de Futbol Pachuca on their North American tour. Picture: David Mackie.
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Sunderland have begun their North American tour with two defeats.

1-0 against American side Sacramento Republic and 3-1 against Mexican Premier League side Club de Futbol Pachuca.

This may sound like a bad start to the Dick Advocaat regime but don’t forget, this tour is more about getting fit, getting players minutes on the pitch and to work on how Dick wants his team to play come the start of the season, than it is results.

It would of been easy to play against teams where we would score a hatful of goals and stroll around the pitch without breaking a sweat.

The teams we have played and will play are halfway through their season and are match fit and will have made the lads work.

The two new signings which came in a 24 hour period last week, Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul have flown out to link up with their new team mates and could play a part in the final tour game against Toronto.

Also arriving late in the tour is fellow new signing Sebastian Coates, Adam Johnston and Patrick van Arnholt.

This should make the team and squad more competitive for their final tour game against a Toronto side containing ex-Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore.

Even with the lads currently on tour in North America it hasn’t stopped progress being made back here at home on the transfer front, as was proved last week.

It seems that Advocaat is now happy with his defensive signings and is now focusing on the midfield and forward areas of the field.

Talks are allegedly at an early stage for one or two players and with Advocaat having further talks with owner Ellis Short, the transfer news coming from the Stadium of Light is picking up pace.

* This article was sent into the Echo by a reader for our Black Cats eight-page supplement, titled The Roar! - which will be in the paper every Wednesday.

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