Sunderland Manager Jack Ross Motivates Team After Portsmouth Defeat
Jack Ross, the Manager of Sunderland team, motivated the players following a heart-wrenching defeat by Portsmouth in the final of Checkatrade trophy. The team lost the match in the penalty shootout by 5-4.
Ross has asked his players to avenge the loss by gaining a position among top two in League One as he acknowledged that the defeat was excruciating. The Black Cats lost the final match at Wembley Stadium, in front of the second largest crowd of around 85,000.
During the first half of the match, Sunderland dominated the game and gained a lead of 1 goal at 38th minute. However, after the first half, the team lost its control over the game and could not re-gain it until the end of the extra time. Nevertheless, Sunderland managed to level the score to 2-2, couple of minutes before the extra time ended.
The draw resulted in a penalty shootout, in which Lee Cattermole missed his chance to score a goal that proved decisive for the team’s loss.
Jack Ross after the game said, “It is sore right now. It is painful. There are no words to take away that pain. We will allow the pain to subside. Our first half was very were good. The frustration now is we didn’t make the most of it. Extra time was about character and heart. You way first half we were good, second half Portsmouth were good. We wanted to score more first half. The reality is that you rarely dominate like that for 90 minutes.”
Ross also made a statement on the turmoil Cattermole is experiencing and said, “Lee is sore but he is ok. It is painful, like it is for the group. He has strength of character because of the career he has had. We have an aim to rectify that pain by achieving promotion.”
The penalty shootout made Cattermole witness a glimpse of the final play-off of 1999, in which Michael Gray missed the goal.
Portsmouth manager Kenny Jacket after the win said, “I thought we deserved it. We dominated the second half and most of extra time. I am delighted with our resolves, five great penalties and a good save. It is a one-off day but this can help us in the league which is the big prize.”
Even after Sunderland’s defeat in the finals, the supporters and the manager, Jack Ross, believe in the team. Ross continued to support the players so that the team stays motivated and their gameplay in League One is not affected.
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