Dick Advocaat slams Sunderland players

Dick Advocaat Sunderland v Bournemouth

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Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says the players must share the responsibility for the 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Advocaat’s side were 2-0 down inside the first 10 minutes at Dean Court and Sunderland never managed to recover as they slipped to the bottom of the Premier League table.

The Dutchman was left disappointed by the display and feels the players must share the responsibility for the loss.

“I’m very angry with the way we started the game,” Advocaat said. “We started playing at 2-0 down but by then it is too late. I’m very, very angry with the players – although it is not the first time.

“I will think about myself, what I did wrong – the meeting, the training, the wrong line-up, whatever. I also told them you have to face it yourselves as well.

“What we bring and what they brought is different. I respect Bournemouth for winning this game but if you see the paper and the names you have to do a little bit more than we did today.”

Sunderland are now without a win after six games and have picked up just two points.

Advocaat also warned that Sunderland must improve quickly if they are to avoid a repeat of last season’s battle against the drop.

He added: “We cannot keep saying that we have 32 games to go – if you play six games and have two points it is not good enough.”

Sunderland face a tough trip to Manchester United in the next round of Premier League fixtures and they are 12.00 to take all three points, while a win for United is 1.22 and a draw is 6.00.

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