Dick Advocaat tried to remain upbeat despite seeing his side lose 2-0 against Doncaster Rovers last night. A goal in each half sent us back to Wearside with nothing to show for our efforts.
“The fitness has to be there but it was a poor result, so hopefully on Saturday we can show how far we are with our progress when we face Hannover,” Advocaat said in his post match interview with safc.com.
The only real positive from a disappointing night was the performance of Jeremain Lens. The Dutch international was like a breath of fresh air, with his pace and creativity. Something we have craved for a good few years.
Younes Kaboul also made his Sunderland debut as a second half substitute, both players received praise from Advocaat following the game.
“Everybody could see how well Jeremain played tonight, Kaboul also did very well when he came off the bench for the second half.”
Although we are told during pre-season that we shouldn’t look too much into the results, the same signs seem to be there, the signs that have been there for the past few years, the signs that have left us trying to salvage our Premier League status. Lee Congerton has an interesting month coming up to bring this squad up to scratch, or those lingering signs will soon enough become reality.