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Sunderland boss puts brave face on City cup exit

Dick Advocaat once again lamented Sunderland's defensive short-comings in the wake of their League Cup thrashing at the hands of Manchester City - but the head coach said there was "no point in name calling."

Advocaat refused to point the finger at individuals, despite a dreadful opening that saw the Black Cats blasted out of the League Cup well before half time.

City led four-nil at the break and the Premier League leaders attacked wonderfully well at times. But the truth is Sunderland made life easy for City's rampant forwards.

Ola Toivanen's second half goal was barely even a consolation for the punch drunk home supporters.

"I was not happy again with the way we gave the goals away, but there's no sense to call some names because everybody could see the mistakes. Simple mistakes on this level is not possible, especially not against a team like that."

– Advocaat

But he was determined to look on the bright side, as he addressed the task on lifting Sunderland off the bottom of the premier league table.

"No I'm not angry. I was pleased players like Johnson, Toivanen, Lens, Borini and M'Vila played for 90 minutes. That is important. So no I am not that negative as maybe everybody expected."

– Advocaat

McClaren: fans need 'blind faith' that things will get better

Steve McClaren said in a press conference today that testing times had come early, but not unexpectedly this season.

Newcastle United lie in 19th position in the Premier League without a win to their name ahead of tomorrow's encounter with Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.

McClaren struck a positive tone though, and praised the team for the spirit they showed in the first four games of the season.

He did admit that a lack of fight after conceding early against Watford and West Ham had left him disappointed.

McClaren was unable to name a team for tomorrow's game due to injury niggles, with Massadio Haidara and Jack Colback out of action.

He also thanked the fans, who he said have been 'fantastic'. He urged them to 'have a bit of blind faith' that the team will start performing.

You can watch the whole press conference here.

'Important win against a very good side' says Karanka after Notts Forest victory

Middlesbrough Manager Aitor Karanka has praised his team after a their 2-1 victory away to Nottingham Forest on Saturday. He said in today's press conference that it was an important win against a very good side.

He did however, warn against complacency. It would be a 'big mistake' to think that maintaining second position in the Championship would be easy.

Karanka did acknowledge that this season's Boro squad has more strength in depth than last year's, which will allow him to rotate players more freely.

He also said that tomorrow's opposition in the third round of the Capital One Cup, Wolves, are a comparatively weak side because of injury troubles.

You can watch the full press conference here.


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