Moyes laments missed opportunity

12 February 2017 06:01:10 EST

Sunderland boss David Moyes rued some defensive lapses as the Black Cats slumped to a miserable 4-0 defeat to Southampton at the Stadium of Light.

Hopes had been raised that the Black Cats may escape relegation again after they beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at Selhurst Park last weekend but they were second-best against a Saints side that had been in a poor run of form themselves.

Recent signing Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice before an own goal by Jason Denayer and a Shane Long strike in the closing stages condemned Sunderland to a heavy defeat.

Many home fans had left the ground before the final whistle and those that were still there at the end vented their frustration as a chorus of boos echoed around the stadium.

The result leaves Sunderland at 1/12 to be relegated this season while they are 15/2 to beat Everton in their next Premier League match on 25th February.

"We didn't play well, not as well as last week. We made some defensive mistakes," admitted former Everton and Manchester United manager Moyes.

"We had a great chance to maybe move out of the bottom three had the games gone for us, but unfortunately it didn't fall for us. Southampton themselves had fragile confidence, but they got a goal off their centre-forward's arm.

"We played okay without creating too many clear-cut opportunities, and the more attacking changes we made the worse we became. Southampton have this season mostly been very good, and they're certainly a very good passing team.

"This is a game gone and the games are running out. We have to win some if we have a hope of staying up, simple as that."

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