David Moyes knew righting the good ship Sunderland wouldn’t be easy, but after Monday’s loss to Everton he sounded baffled by his Black Cats.
Sunderland allowed a hat trick to Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in under 12 minutes, two via powered headers and the third via a waltz down the center of their third of the pitch.
Moyes, yeah, he’s not feeling that porous defense.
“We didn’t stop crosses, we weren’t in the right positions to defend and they should be simple things to do that we didn’t do well enough.
“We’ve got a lot of youngsters in the side and one or two new faces; while they were culpable of some of the mistakes, a few of our more experienced players were at fault too,” he continued.
“As a back four we did not do the basic things needed to stop a team when they’re attacking.”
Sunderland has one point through four matches, and has lost both of its home games (Middlesbrough and Everton).
Slow starts are old hat at the Stadium of Light, unfortunately. It’s a blessing and a curse though, as climbing out of these holes has not been a problem in recent years.
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The Black Cats, in fact, haven’t won any of their first four matches in each of the last five Premier League seasons. In fact, if Sunderland wins its next match, Sunday at Tottenham, it will be the earliest they’ve won a game in a season since 2012.
2015: 0W-2D-2L (through four); 0W-3D-6L to start
2014: oW-3D-1L (through four); 0W-5D-1L to start
2013: 0W-1D-3L (through four); 0W-1D-7L to start
2012: 0W-4D to start
2011: 0W-2D-2L to start
The good news is that it gets easier for Sunderland after the visit to White Hart Lane. After a EFL Cup third-round date at QPR, the Black Cats host Palace and West Brom before visiting Stoke City.
Moyes is a good manager with experience in building a team, but clearly Sunderland is presenting a unique challenge. The Black Cats haven’t started and finished a season with the same manager since Steve Bruce closed out the 2010-11 campaign and was fired early the next season.