Defeat was ‘tough to take’ for Cats’ Power
MAX Power said that fine margins were the difference as Sunderland slumped to their third successive defeat.
The Black Cats’ loss at Blackpool all but ends their hopes for automatic promotion and the Sunderland skipper is keen to ‘stop the rot.’
Lee Johnson’s side went closest to opening the scoring when the lively Aiden Mcgeady cut inside from the left-flank and curled an effort to the far post, which had Chris Maxwell beaten, only to be denied by the post.
Moments later Blackpool countered and a low drive from Luke Garbutt deflected through a body of players and found itself in the back of the net.
“It’s disappointing,” said Power. “It doesn’t seem to be going for us at this moment in time.
“I thought we played pretty well today. Obviously the result is the most important thing which we haven’t come away with.
“Fine margins – that one shot in the second half has gone through a bundle of legs and ended up going in.
“In terms of endeavour, it certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying.
“I thought we pressed well and tried to do everything we could to get back in the game but we’ve fallen short.
“It’s a tough one to take. I think what’s important now is getting back on track and stopping this mini rot that we’ve found ourselves in.
“That’s three defeats on the bounce now and we need to end that quickly.”
The Black Cats are now eight points behind Peter
borough in second place and 11 points behind leaders Hull ahead of their trip to Humberside next week.
Sunderland were the better side against the Tangerines yesterday, but struggled in the final third.
Power said: “I think if you look back at the last three games at moments at both ends of the pitch – during the good run we were on, they were going for us. At this moment in time we’re not putting games to bed or getting in front like we were.
“We’re getting punished when we switch off at the back. It’s a collective though and we’ve not become a bad team overnight.
“It’s obviously tough to take and like I said now the focus on the group is trying to get that result as quick as possible.”
The win sees Blackpool move within three points of Sunderland – consolidating their place in the play-offs and extending their unbeaten run.
Despite their good form, the Seasiders were second best for large parts of the game.
Power added: “They’re a side at the moment who are on a good run, but I though we snuffed out their strengths and on another day it should’ve been comfortable. Fair play to them.
“I’d say they’ve taken their chances but it’s that fortunate the goal, this happens when you’re on these little bits of a run.
“Like I said we need to pick ourselves up quickly and move on.”
Sunderland’s focus quickly switches to league leaders Hull, who could all but seal their promotion on Tuesday night.
However, Power is keen for the Black Cats to put an end to their poor run of form with a solid performance at the Tigers.
He said: “We need to go there now and put on a performance similar to today but eradicate those little mistakes and try and keep as positive as we can.
“Sometimes you stand here after games – I’d like to think that what we saw today was a team that’s trying everything they could to win the game. Unfortunately we’ve come away with nothing but it’s football. We need to move on quickly and go and get a result.”