Sunderland manager Jack Ross was left frustrated as his side failed to win last night’s game against promotion rivals Peterborough United, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw after an entertaining match.
The game was turned on its head when defender Bryan Oviedo was sent off for a rash kick out at Peterborough United playmaker Marcus Maddison with just over 20 minutes left of the game. Joe Ward’s 74th minute strike cancelled out youngster Josh Maja’s tidy first half finish, before Jerome Sinclair put Sunderland back ahead, only for former Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney to slot home with five minutes left.
Despite drawing against a strong Peterborough United side with ten men, Black Cats manager Jack Ross was left understandably disappointed with his side’s draw. However, he was still proud of the performance his side put in last night.
Both managers have come out of the match feeling the same, with Peterborough United manager Steve Evans also believing his side deserved all three points from last night’s clash.
“We could have been more goals ahead by half-time,” Ross told the Chronicle.
“That was the only frustration in the first half because I thought we were very good.
“You can’t foresee some of the circumstances in the second half but, overall, different aspects of our performance were really good tonight.
“In the first half we were miles ahead. In the second half we had to be resilient and stand up to pressure at times but we did that well, and then the response we had when down to ten men was absolutely outstanding – not only to go back in front, and then obviously disappointed to be pegged back, but to still be trying to win the game six minutes into injury time.
“That’s testament to the players and where they are at, at the moment.
“I keep repeating this, but myself as manager and the player want to win every single game.
“There’s an expectancy on us to win games and we take that on our shoulders, and we have to try and produce performances that look as though we are trying to win every game.
“Tonight we did that, we gave a performance as a team that showed we wanted to win the game.
“It’s always quiet in the dressing room when you don’t win – there are no players who are happy with a draw, even when you are down to ten men.
“I try to emphasise the positives to them, and there were a huge number of them, and then they start to feel more comfortable.
“The character and the resilience the players have shown all season has been great.”
Sunderland currently sit in 4th place after 11 League One games, four points behind last night’s opponents Posh in the automatic promotion slots, and seven points behind unbeaten leaders Portsmouth.