KEVIN Ball says he could not be overly critical of his side’s defeat to West Brom last night, in a game which could have gone either way.
Watched by new head coach Gus Poyet, the two teams put on a committed display with the game played at a fast and furious pace.
Ball said: “The lads are disappointed but I can’t be too hard on them because they gave their all and didn’t do a lot wrong.
“We can analyse the goals and we can look at what we might have done better there. But overall it was a good performance in which the result didn’t go our way.
“We created a lot of chances and did everything but put the ball in the back of the net. If we could have had a bit more luck with our finishing, we could easily have drawn or won the game.”
Ball was taking charge of his first Under 21 game since stepping down as interim head coach to hand over the reins of running the club to Poyet.
And as far as the former Sunderland captain was concerned, it was business as usual.
“I always knew when I stepped up that the position was on a temporary basis,” he reflected. “I would have been happy to take the job on full-time.
“But I was always aware that somebody else might come in and I was ready to accept whoever was appointed, wish them all the best, and get on with it as always.”