Sunderland manager David Moyes has hailed the spirit of his players, after they came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Patrick van Aanholt’s goal seven minutes from time earned the hosts a share of the spoils after they’d fallen behind to Nacer Chadli’s first half strike.
“We needed to find a goal from somewhere and at 1-0 we didn’t have any forward attacking options to our play so the only thing to do was to change the system and see if we could find another way through with a bit more width,” explained Moyes.
“We had been training Patrick further forward because he gets some goals. But what we need now is everyone else to get some goals.”
Though a first win of the season continues to elude Moyes’ side, the Black Cats boss says he can take positives from the competitive nature of matches so far.
“The lads kept going, we could go back to last week when we lost in the last minute and say well we didn’t take something, but we have been in all the games we have played,” he added.
“We have been in with a great chance and you would expect that because we are playing West Brom at home.
“We have to try and take three points but our cause to keep going and keep at it was terrific.
“I’m glad we were able to give the supporters something in the end because I don’t think we necessarily played that badly.”
Sunderland are in Checkatrade Trophy action this evening away at Hartlepool and return to Premier League action after this weekend’s international break, with a trip to face Stoke City on Saturday 15th October.