Moyes reflects on narrow defeat to Chelsea
David Moyes hailed the second-half performance of his players following yesterday evening’s narrow home defeat to Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Cesc Fabregas’s goal five minutes before half-time proved enough to settle the tie, though Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois had to produce a superb save in the closing stages to deny Sunderland a point.
After the game, Moyes reflected on a committed performance from his side, but admitted that they must learn to turn performances into points if they are to progress up the table.
“I didn’t think we played well in the first half and I was disappointed with the goal we conceded,” he told SAFC.com.
“There was a bit of head tennis and we missed two or three tackles in the build up to it.
“They have good quality throughout their side but we managed to restrict them to only a few opportunities.
“Overall I think we did a good job of stopping them and we grew into the game as it progressed.
“In the end we saw two brilliant saves from their goalkeeper, which stopped us getting a goal back.”
Chelsea have now won ten consecutive Premier League matches, but they were made to work hard by Sunderland, despite Moyes admitting that his side lacked quality in certain areas.
“I wasn’t pleased with our quality in the middle third of the pitch, although I was happy enough with what we did in the second half,” he said.
“We do have to be braver on the ball. It’s something we work on every day in the training, but we don’t always see it out there on the pitch.
“I think the players knew they’d be up against it, but they were resilient and they stuck at the task.
“I had a feeling something might go for us in the last minute, but it wasn’t to be.”
Sunderland remain bottom of the Premier League, four points adrift of Middlesbrough in 17th, ahead of Saturday’s home match against Watford.
“We don’t want to be giving ourselves pats on the back just for playing well, but I thought the players really stuck at it,” added Moyes.
“The job now is to find a way of getting more points from those kids of performances in the weeks and months ahead.”