Sunderland boss David Moyes revealed he had taken his squad to a factory this week to give them a glimpse of the hard work that goes on away from football.
The Scot saw a tireless shift from his team against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium as they overturned an early deficit to force a 2-1 win despite playing the final half hour with ten men.
Man of the match Victor Anichebe cancelled out Dan Gosling’s early opener shortly after the half hour. Steven Pienaar was sent off in the second half after picking up a second booking but Sunderland managed to record a first Premier League win of the season despite their numerical disadvantage.
Jermain Defoe grabbed the winner from the penalty spot 16 minutes from the end after Anichebe had been brought down by Adam Smith. Moyes watched the game from the stands as he served a one-game touchline ban and he says Sunderland must keep going having earned their first three points of the season.
“It is only one win. We need two, we need to just keep picking up the points. Hopefully it will show people there is a great spirit and commitment among the players and desire to do well,” said the Scot.
“We went to a factory this week, showing the players it is much better to be a footballer than working in a factory.”
Anichebe’s performance typified the Black Cats attitude on the day and his manager singled out the former Everton frontman afterwards, revealing he had played through the pain for much of the game.
“Anichebe was terrific today. He has an awful lot going for him and his all-round performance was terrific. He got an injury early on – he thought he broke his rib,” he said.
Sunderland are 2.05 to win their game at home to Hull. The visitors are 3.60 while the draw at the Stadium of Light is 3.30.