The Chronicle

One lapse cost us the vic­tory, ad­mits a frus­trated Parkin­son

- By JAMES HUNTER Sun­der­land writer james.hunter@reach­plc.com @JHun­terChron Sports · Soccer · Sunderland · Sunderland Association Football Club · Bristol Rovers F.C. · Fleetwood Town F.C. · Northampton Town F.C. · Phil Parkinson · Doncaster Rovers F.C. · Doncaster · Danny Graham · Callum Connolly

SUN­DER­LAND were ‘pun­ished’ for one lapse which cost them two points at Fleet­wood Town, ac­cord­ing to Phil Parkin­son.

The Black Cats were in con­trol at High­bury and led through Char­lie Wyke’s goal on the hour.

How­ever, for a brief spell Fleet­wood put them un­der pres­sure and skip­per Cal­lum Con­nolly forced the ball home from a goal­mouth scram­ble a lit­tle over 15 min­utes from time.

It was a bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment for Parkin­son and his play­ers, par­tic­u­larly com­ing on the back of the in­jury-time equaliser they con­ceded at Don­caster Rovers last week­end.

It means the Wear­siders have now picked up just two points from their last three league games.

Parkin­son said: “When you take the lead you ex­pect to win the gam.

“There was just that very small pe­riod where we did not clear our lines prop­erly and were pun­ished for it be­cause we were not un­der a lot of pres­sure prior to that.

“We did the job re­ally well in the first half with the way we set up against a team which had scored five at the week­end.

“We were the bet­ter side, we grabbed the goal, but in­evitably there are go­ing to be pe­ri­ods where you come un­der pres­sure and you have to find a way to come through those un­scathed.

“If we had done that, I think we

would have gone on to re­gain con­trol of the game and win it.

“Be­cause apart from the first few min­utes of the sec­ond half when Camps hit the bar and Remi made a ter­rific save, I felt con­fi­dent in the way we set up.”

He added: “We were very com­fort­able in the first half. I felt we had the bal­ance in our play about right.

“With Char­lie and Danny Gra­ham up front we al­ways had that op­tion but we also played some good foot­ball.

“The key is what hap­pens in both boxes and we will have a look at the qual­ity of those balls we put into the box.

“Char­lie had a great header which went just wide in the sec­ond half but he also de­serves credit for his goal be­cause that was a brave header.”

The draw meant Sun­der­land climbed one place to sev­enth in the table.

Parkin­son said: “If we had beaten Don­caster, this would be classed as a good point but an­other draw is frus­trat­ing.

“Say­ing that, we are still un­beaten away from home and it is a great ef­fort from the lads to come through the fix­tures we have had and still be un­beaten away.”

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Cats’ boss Phil Parkin­son

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