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Disappointed To Leave Empty Handed - The Verdict

Gerard Houllier has said he was bitterly disappointed to leave the Stadium of Light today without even taking a point in the game given our performance and the chances we had.

It's been a while since we had a game like that, we were (contrary to the stats) all over them for large parts of the game and there few chances came mainly from long distance efforts yet a mad 5 minute spell saw us capitulate all 3 points when on the balance of both halves we should've clearly been ahead.

Our failure to convert chances has once again bitten us squarely on the rectum.

Speaking on the Official Site following the 1-0 loss Gerard admitted we had nobody to blame but ourselves.

'The first half was not up to our standards, we started well then suddenly it was not as good as we are supposed to be.

'I am very disappointed with the result and we should as a reward got one goal and probably got a draw.'

Whilst admitting that morale dropped following the Dunneymonsters own goal, Houllier was pleased with how we stepped up a gear again in the second half and whereas we did play some good stuff, the lack of a clinical finisher sorely cost us.

'We were quicker, sharper, better and created chance after chance but unfortunately didn't manage to put the ball in the back of the net. This was the only regret because I was pleased with the effort of the players and their reaction.'

As for the injury to Petrov, the club are initially expecting him to be out for 2-3 weeks but will know for sure tomorrow when he returns from a scan.

Houllier added:

'I think it is lateral knee ligaments.'

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 23 2010

Time: 7:17PM

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Once again totally impotent up front. Beaten by a poor Sunderland team, but once behind we never really seriously threatened to get back into the game. Our away form is worrying. Four defeats out of five games, we're not used to that. We've got into the habit of picking up points with regularity on our travels during recent seasons, three points out of a possible fifteen is not good enough.
glensider
sorry glensider but to say "once behind we never really seriously threatened to get back into the game" is beyond me. we ran riot with serious threats for most part trying to get back into it.
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