“Very angry” Dick Advocaat will consider whether he was at fault for Sunderland’s defeat at Bournemouth, even if his players have to take responsibility themselves.
Winless Sunderland returned to the bottom of the Premier League table after failing to recover from shipping two goals inside a suicidal opening nine minutes at Dean Court.
Advocaat was fuming with his players afterwards for the manner in which they started the game against the newly-promoted Cherries, with striker Callum Wilson profiting from some awful defending from Younes Kaboul and then Matt Ritchie netting a stunning strike.
But the Sunderland boss has also pledged to look in the mirror himself and judge his own contribution, with the Black Cats yet to taste a Premier League victory after the opening six games.
Advocaat said: “I said after the game that I would think about what I did wrong – the meeting, the training, the line-up, whatever.
“I like to think about that, but the players also have to face it as well.
“What we brought and what Bournemouth brought was different.
“I have all the respect for Bournemouth, but if you see their names on paper, you have to say that we had to do a little bit more than we did.
“We cannot keep saying there’s 32 games to go. If you’ve played six games and you’ve only got two points, that’s not good.
“I’m very angry with the way we started the game.
“We knew with only two points from five games, that if you have a chance to do something, then it was here.
“But Bournemouth understood that much better than us.
“We didn’t start playing until we were 2-0 down. By then, it is too late.
“I’m very, very angry with the players because this is not the first time.
“The way we gave the goals away... At this level, that’s not possible.”
Sunderland should have been given a route back into the game when Jeremain Lens wrongly saw a goal ruled out for offside early in the second half, with Kaboul’s sending-off with 15 minutes to go, scuppering any hopes of a late comeback.
But Advocaat refused to use the blundering officiating as an excuse for the defeat.
“We have to look at ourselves,” he added.
“Of course that (the offside decision) changed the game and you need a little bit of luck.
“But if you start like we did, then you’re waiting for a defeat.”