Black Cats’ fac­tory visit is a big hit for AFC Bournemouth

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

Sun­der­land’s David Moyes was re­warded for em­ploy­ing an old man­age­rial ruse as his team fi­nally achieved their first Premier League vic­tory of the sea­son at the 11th at­tempt on Satur­day.

“We went to a fac­tory this week, show­ing the play­ers it is much bet­ter to be a foot­baller than work­ing in a fac­tory,” he re­vealed af­ter the 2-1 suc­cess away to Bournemouth.

Moyes and his strug­gling play­ers vis­ited Nis­san’s Wear­side car fac­tory on Thurs­day and, ev­i­dently, it proved not a bad idea.

Pre­vi­ously crit­i­cised by some fans for a lack of com­mit­ment and char­ac­ter, the team showed both qual­i­ties in abun­dance as they won a match in which they had only 30 per­cent of pos­ses­sion and sur­vived the last half-hour with 10 men.

It brought them level on points at the bot­tom with Swansea City, who were at home to Manch­ester United yes­ter­day.

“We’ve been get­ting closer,” said Moyes. “We had Arse­nal at 1-1 af­ter 70 min­utes, but we just didn’t quite have it af­ter that.

“We have to hang in and get the goals when we can. Now we have one win, the next chal­lenge is to go and get two.”

Vic­tor Anichebe, re­united with his former Ev­er­ton man­ager af­ter the trans­fer dead­line in Septem­ber be­cause he had no club, scored the equaliser and then earned the penalty from which Jer­main De­foe slid in the win­ner.

The Nige­rian had car­ried on play­ing de­spite suf­fer­ing a cracked rib in the first half.

“I al­ways thought Vic­tor has great abil­ity, a lot more than peo­ple give him credit for,” said Moyes.

“He’s strong, quick and good in the air. He doesn’t al­ways show it, I’ll ad­mit that, but he did to­day, that was for sure.”

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Vic­tor Anichebe in ac­tion with Bournemouth’s Adam Smith and Si­mon Fran­cis.

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