ROSS: CATS’ CLIN­I­CAL DIS­PLAYS ARE NO FLUKE

WHAT JACK MADE OF THOSE DEREK ADAMS COM­MENTS AND OUT­SIDE PER­CEP­TIONS OF HIS SUN­DER­LAND TEAM

Sunderland Echo - - Sport - By Phil Smith philip.smith@jpress.co.uk @Phil__Smith

Jack Ross says he stands by his as­ser­tion that Sun­der­land de­served their win at Ply­mouth Ar­gyle last week­end.

Derek Adams raised eye­brows af­ter the game when he said that the Black Cats had ‘rid­den their luck’ and ‘have to be care­ful’.

Adams was not the first to sug­gest that re­sults are not nec­es­sar­ily match­ing per­for­mances when it comes to Sun­der­land, but Ross said their clin­i­cal dis­plays are no fluke.

“Ev­ery man­ager has their own ap­proach to how they an­a­lyse games,” he said.

“My post-match com­ments were dif­fer­ent, I felt we were de­cent in our per­for­mance and de­served to win. I’ve watched the game again since then and my opin­ion hasn’t changed.

“But I don’t have any is­sue with it. It takes a lot more than that to rat­tle me, if I’m hon­est.”

The post-match com­ments sparked in­tense de­bate.

Ross would not dis­agree with the no­tion from Adams that ‘they won’t have it all their own way this sea­son’.

His play­ers fully un­der­stand the ef­fort it takes to be suc­cess­ful in League One and are un­der no il­lu­sions that they will sim­ply be able to blow op­po­nent­s­away.

“I’m for­tu­nate that the play­ers have taken that on board, they know that and be­lieve it [how hard they have to work]”, he said.

“It’s an in­ter­est­ing one for me be­cause I was speak­ing to Lee Cat­ter­mole the other day about it.

“I asked him about the Premier League and said, you must have had games against the Liver­pools, Man Ci­tys, and thought, ‘we were the bet­ter team, but lost’.

“He said, ‘yeah, loads of times’.

“If you ask my­self, James, John, we played against Celtic and Rangers loads of times, and we thought we were the bet­ter team, and lost. “That’s what good teams

do.

Sun­der­land man­ager Jack Ross on the side­lines against Ply­mouth Ar­gyle last week, in a game that he says his team

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