Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has blasted his side for being “naïve” after they fell to a 2-0 loss against Ipswich Town on Saturday.
The Black Cats were consigned to their fourth loss in five games as Joe Garner and Adam Matthews scored and they are now in 23th position on the Championship standings and two points adrift of safety.
Though Sunderland started the game well after Joel Asoro dragged a shot wide following good link up play with Ashley Fletcher, it was Mick McCarthy’s side who dominated proceedings and who deserved to walk away with three points at the end of the game.
“First half-hour, I didn’t have a complaint,” Coleman told the Sunderland Echo. “There was some good stuff and we should have gone 1-0 up.
“That all important first goal that we don’t recover from. The second goal, seconds before half time, it is incredible to again concede like that. It knocks the life out of you, of course it does.
“Second half, we tried, we looked naive in certain situations. If you look at Ipswich they have a lot of boys who know the division, they are streetwise. We are sometimes naive.
“We have shown some good stuff to build on but we have to stop letting teams off the hook and gifting teams goals. We never get easy goals, why are we giving the opposition goals. We can’t do that otherwise we will never get away from where we are.”