The Sunderland striker, Jermain Defoe believes his side deserved nothing but victory in their clash with Crystal Palace, upon falling to a late 3-2 loss.
Sunderland were leading Crystal Palace 2-0, thanks to Defoe’s double, but goals from Joe Ledley, James McArthur and Christian Benteke changed the story of the match.
Having seen their advantage slip, the Englishman insisted The Black Cats supposed to have held on and won the game.
“I’m devastated,” he said. “When you are 2-0 up at home, you have to see the game out and win it, simple as that. You can imagine how it is in the dressing room. It’s hard, because when you play well but don’t get points it’s difficult. We created a lot of chances, but when you play well you expect to win. Even a draw would have made us feel down, because we thought we were the better team.
“Benteke’s goal at the end is something we have worked on in training – we’re disappointed.”
The ex-Manchester United now Sunderland boss, David Moyes, however, did not believe his side were worth their magic lead, though they should have strengthened better the defense during the die-minutes.
The 34-year old explained how disappointed he was to lose the important match having been leading by two goals earlier. He reportedly claimed that his side didn’t really hold on to the two goals to scratch out a win for the team.
“For us to not have someone deal with Benteke at the dearth, for him to have a five-yard run and have no challenge, is just incredible. We need our players to assume a level of responsibility, that’s it’s not all down to me and my staff.” He advised.
“We’re in a similar situation to where the club’s been for the last two or three seasons. To address this, when we go 2-0 up don’t lose headers and challenges. It’s simple, just do the basics well and then you won’t concede.”