Black Cats’ factory visit is a big hit for AFC Bournemouth
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.”
Victor Anichebe in action with Bournemouth’s Adam Smith and Simon Francis.