Kieran’s sick about letting fans down
KIERAN RICHARDSON has apologised to Sunderland fans for Monday night’s Premier League defeat at the hands of promoted Norwich.
The Black Cats trailed 2-0 at Carrow Road before left-back Richardson’s 86th minute strike gave them hope of rescuing a point.
But Steve Bruce’s men came up short to go down 2-1 and leave their supporters frustrated once again ahead of West Brom’s visit to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Richardson said: “I was pleased to score but the result overall is very disappointing.
“We were on a high after the Stoke game, but we didn’t play well. We had possession in the first half, but it wasn’t effective.
“It’s a shame because we have let the fans down and I am sorry for that.”
Sunderland trounced Stoke 4-0 on Wearside last weekend, a result which eased the pressure on Bruce after a difficult start to the season.
But Leon Barnett’s 31st minute strike and Steve Morison’s header three minutes after the break left Sunderland too much to do to salvage a draw despite Richardson’s late strike.
Richardson, 26, said: “I thought we were good enough to get back into the game, but it wasn’t to be.
“In the second half, we didn’t put our foot on the ball at all. We didn’t get in possession, whereas at least we had some of the ball in the first half.
“We still had chances in the second half, though.
“Connor Wickham had a chance with a header and was unlucky – on another day that would have gone either side of the keeper and gone in.”
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