Sunderland boss Simon Grayson admitted he was ‘sick’ of using confidence as an excuse
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Visibly frustrated Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has criticised his player’s work ethic and says he is ‘sick’ of using confidence as an excuse for the Black Cats’ faltering form.
Sunderland’s situation grew ever worse on Tuesday night as they fell to a 5-2 defeat away at Ipswich – a result that cemented the Wearside club in the bottom three of the Championship.
Following their relegation from the Premier League the Black Cats’ off-field and on-pitch situation has grown steadily worse and Grayson labelled the Ipswich result as a real wake-up call.
“Tonight is a massive kick in the backside that we ain’t anywhere near as good as we should be,” said the former Preston manager.
When asked if he could relate the team’s performances to a lack of confidence the 47-year-old shrugged off those suggestions.
“You can keep using that word all the time and, to be fair, I’m sick of using it in the press that I do,” he said.
“Players are getting paid handsomely to run around and do what millions of people would like to do.
“Yeah, you might have a lack of confidence but it still doesn’t stop you from running around and stopping the opposition from playing, getting a tackle, getting close to the opposition from playing forward or defending the box.
“I can accept a lack of confidence when you’ve got the ball because that is more important and I think that affects you more.
“But it’s more an inner desire to make sure you’re not a soft touch and we are at this moment in time.”