Rowell Report: Lapse in concentration equalled defeat for Sunderland

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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THERE’S never a good time to concede a goal, but doing so right on the stroke of half-time is particularly damaging.

You’ve got to wonder if Sunderland switched off at that crucial time in Saturday’s defeat at QPR.

Sunderland won most of the stats like possession, corners and shots on target, but that means nothing when you lose the only one that matters.

Two points from the first nine available is a poor return and again we begin a season by underperforming.

I’m not saying Sunderland’s start is anywhere near as bad as last year’s, but the longer you go without getting that first win, the harder it becomes.

Sunderland had their chances at Loftus Road, but those chances were squandered and in a game which was always going to be decided by fine margins, the lack of a finisher proved costly.

They haven’t been outplayed in any of their three league games so far, but they haven’t done enough to win any either and they’re still looking for that spark which lit up the final six weeks of last season.