Sunderland’s point against Villarreal pleases coach Stockdale

Villarreal defend against Sunderland U21 striker Mikael Mandron
Villarreal defend against Sunderland U21 striker Mikael Mandron
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ROBBIE Stockdale conceded that Sunderland didn’t do enough to win last night’s opening Premier League U21 International Cup tie against Spaniards Villarreal.

Yet the development coach was not too disheartened with a solitary point at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have qualifying group games to come against Celtic and Everton in the competition; designed to give Premier League sides a taste of facing Continental opposition.

“We were pushing on at the end, but I’ve got half an eye that if we win our next two games, we’ll go through (to the knockout stages) so it was important not to lose it,” added Stockdale.

“I know that sounds quite negative, but competition football is a little bit different.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but, saying that, they had a couple of chances, so a draw was probably a good result for both teams.

“I thought our tempo was a bit slow in the first half and we got lulled into a European-type game.

“I wasn’t really after that. I was after a quick-tempo, getting around them and I thought second half we did that.”

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