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COLE­MAN: I DIDN’T RE­ALISE WE WERE OFF THE BOT­TOM

Sunday Sun - - Football -

CATS boss Chris Cole­man says he was so con­cerned with his side, he hadn’t even re­alised the Cats had leapfrogged Bur­ton and Bolton Wan­der­ers to climb off the foot of the ta­ble,

He said: “I didn’t even know we were off the bot­tom. I know where we are, I know who is around us, and all I know is that we were play­ing to­day.

“I haven’t looked. I didn’t know the sce­nar­ios had we lost, or this, that, and the other. I just want to im­merse my­self with the sit­u­a­tion we are in and make sure I can af­fect that as best I can, and I can do that by look­ing at our­selves, and our per­for­mances, we have to look at how we can get a bit bet­ter, how can we squeeze a bit more out of cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als.”

Cole­man was also de­lighted with the clean sheet, which was Sun­der­land’s first in the league this sea­son.

“It was our first clean sheet, which is bril­liant,” he said. I’m pleased for John O’Shea who was mar­shalling the back four.

“I’ve been re­ally im­pressed with some of the boys in there. You have to put your­self in their shoes - it’s been so dis­ap­point­ing for them, and that neg­a­tiv­ity grows, as every game goes by and every week goes by, and you don’t get a win or you lose again.

“The prob­lem is, no one can come in to help you - it’s up to you, and you have to deal with it your­self.

“I’m pleased for John and the de­fend­ers, and for Rob­bin [Ruiter] the goal­keeper, Lee Cat­ter­mole sit­ting in front of them, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half when it was get­ting a bit stretched and he used his ex­pe­ri­ence re­ally well, talk­ing to peo­ple.

“It was a great clean sheet, but we didn’t come for a draw. We came here to win the game, hence why it was so open at times, but we had to get points, we had to go for it, and it came off for us to­day.”

Lewis Grab­ban has a shot on tar­get for Sun­der­land at Pirelli Sta­dium. Be­low, Ge­orge Honey­man scores the Black Cats’ sec­ond goal

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