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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

Advocaat certain he's the best man for the job

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has said in a press conference that he would leave the club if he didn't think he was up to the task of leading the team, but that he was "very far from that".

The Black Cats suffered a bruising 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend leaving them bottom of the Premier League.

Advocaat admitted that he had been angry at the team for giving away two easy goals in the first 15 minutes, even if later passages of play showed promise.

When trying to explain the poor start to the season, he said some of the clubs new signings had not been fit enough to play when they arrived in Sunderland.

"If you'd seen our preseason, the last week three players came in who hadn't trained. no excuses, but they need time to get in the right shape."

He also said he was certain that better times lie ahead:

Sunderland face Manchester City at home in the third round of the Capital One Cup tomorrow, September 22nd.


Regional football round-up

Watford's Odion Ighalo piled the pressure on sorry Newcastle as his first-half double paved the way for a 2-1 victory at St James' Park.

The Nigeria international struck on 10 and 28 minutes as he took advantage of some pitiful defending to give the promoted Hornets what proved to be a decisive lead.

Bournemouth needed just 10 minutes to wrap up their first ever Barclays Premier League home win, claiming a 2-0 result at the expense of 10-man Sunderland.

The Black Cats had hardly touched the ball before Callum Wilson scored his fifth Premier League goal of the campaign before a stunner from Matt Ritchie put them out of sight of Sunderland, who had defender Younes Kaboul sent off in the second half after the France international had been given the run-around by Wilson.

A heroic performance from Dimi Konstantopoulos helped Middlesbrough claim a fourth consecutive victory and take top spot in the Championship, as Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 at the City Ground.

The Boro keeper made a string of saves - including a Henri Lansbury penalty - as Forest's own recent good form was brought to an end.

The region's League Two sides both recorded home draws - 2-2 for York hosting Carlisle at Bootham Crescent after a penatly for Luke Summerfield and a goal for Josh Carson - while Hartlepool against Cambridge was goalless at Victoria Park.

Lord Sugar fears Defoe factor for Sunderland

Tottenham Hotspur fan Lord Alan Sugar is concerned about the threat posed by Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.

The 32-year-old has had three different spells at Spurs during his career.

Sunderland face Tottenham at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League at 1:30pm.

Sunderland announce Yedlin loan deal

USA full-back DeAndre Yedlin has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Sunderland have completed the signing of defender DeAndre Yedlin on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 22-year-old USA international becomes the Black Cats' eight summer signing.

Speaking about his move, Yedlin said:

I’ve heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore. Claudio speaks very highly of Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers.

– DeAndre Yedlin, Sunderland AFC

Yedlin began his career with MLS side Seattle Sounders, before making the moved to Tottenham at the start of 2015.

He won his first international cap for the US in 2013.


Sunderland sign Borini on four-year deal

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini Credit: PA

Sunderland have confirmed the signing of striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old Italian has signed a four-year contract for fee understood to be £8 million with a further £2 million in add-ons.

Borini's move was confirmed by Sunderland in a statement which said:

Sunderland are delighted to announce the signing of Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

– Sunderland AFC

Borini returns to the club following a successful loan spell during the 2013-14 season, during which he became a fan favourite scoring 10 goals including strikes against Newcastle United, Chelsea and at Wembley during the Capital One Cup final.

Sunderland confirm Toivonen loan deal

Sunderland midfielder Ola Toivonen Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland have signed Swedish midfielder Ola Toivonen on a season-long loan from French side Rennes.

The 29-year-old began his career in his hometown with Degerfos IF, before spells with IFK Gothenburg and Malmo. He then joined Dutch giants PSV followed, where he won the KNVB Cup and the Dutch Super Cup.

Speaking about the move, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, said:

I worked with Ola at PSV so I know him well. He is a national team player with a lot of experience, an attacking midfielder who can score goals and is good in the air. He will bring something different to the team.

– Dick Advocaat, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Toivonen could make his Black Cats debut this weekend as Sunderland travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League.

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