'They have rode their luck': John Coleman delivers his verdict on Sunderland as his Accrington side fall to defeat
Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman believed Sunderland ‘rode their luck’ in their 2-0 win in the North West – but rued the defending that allowed the Black Cats to take maximum points.
Second half headers from Ross Stewart and Charlie Wyke were enough for the Wearsiders at the Wham Stadium as they extended their unbeaten run to ten games.
But it could have been a different story had Paul Smyth, Harvey Rodgers and Michael Nottingham buried golden chances for the hosts at pivotal moments in the game.
And Coleman was left to rue those misses, and some sloppy moments at the back, after the game.
"No-one to blame but ourselves tonight,” he said.
"We made a couple of mistakes at vital times and we didn’t punish their mistakes.
"You can say that that’s luck, and they have rode their luck because on another day we would score two.
"If you look at their headed goal from Charlie Wyke and Harvey’s chance, Harvey’s is easier. That’s probably why Charlie Wyke is going to go for £3million and Harvey will only go for £750,000.”
"We’ve missed two glorious chances,” continued Coleman.
"When you’re playing a team in form like Sunderland when you’re in that form those chances don’t go in against you. When you’re in the form we’re in, they go in against you.
"It’s a terrible goal to concede the first goal, from our point of view. Sloppy defending from the throw, not picking up from the header. It’s not a a great header, I don’t think the lad [Stewart] can believe it’s gone in, to be honest.”