Sunderland head coach Jack Ross has admitted to the Shields Gazette that they played right into Coventry City’s hands in their 5-4 defeat against them.

The Black Cats played out possibly the game of the season as they just lost out against the Sky Blues in a nine goal thriller. Bright Enobakhare started the scoring in the 12th minute for Coventry but Sunderland fired right back with a strike from George Honeyman. Coventry then restored their lead just as quickly with Amadou Bakayoko scoring. Coventry scored again through Jordy Hiwula but Sunderland staged a dramatic comeback at the end of the first half, making it 3-3 through goals from Charlie Wyke and Will Grigg.

The game would take more twists and turns in the second half as Jordan Shipley gave Coventry the lead again before they were once again pegged back by Max Power. However Coventry got the winner when Conor Chaplin scored with twelve minutes to go.

After the match, Ross admitted that their tactics played perfectly into Coventry’s hands which is why so many goals were scored. He said: “You can’t use it [expansive style]as an excuse because in your preparation you then have to have a balance about how the opposition can hurt you,”

“The truth is, I think Coventry are a good team and what they have in forward areas is good, I thought they were clinical with their finishing.”

“But we played our own part in creating the opportunities by the decision making because when you play in a certain way, you have to make the right decisions with the ball in particular.”

“Defending is just about as much when you have the ball and then when you go 3-1 down it’s difficult to then make the game tighter. You’ve got to take the chance. The problem was today we were continually chasing the game.”

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