Danny Rose

Rose: Boss has had impact

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by Stuart Vose

Defender takes heart following Di Canio's debut.

Danny Rose says Paolo Di Canio has given Sunderland a confidence boost since his arrival on Wearside.

Di Canio saw his new team slip to a narrow 2-1 defeat at high-flying Chelsea, having taken the lead in the first half.

We showed what we can do for 45 minutes of the game and hopefully we can produce that for the full 90 next Sunday

- Danny Rose

And while the result didn’t go the visitors’ way, Rose says the squad have plenty to take from the game.

“The gaffer has been great; he’s instilled a lot of confidence in the team,” he said. “I think that showed in the first half.

“We showed what we can do for 45 minutes of the game and hopefully we can produce that for the full 90 next Sunday.”

Boss Di Canio was delighted with his side’s first-half performance as they looked sharp on the counter-attack and took the lead when Cesar Azpilicueta helped John O’Shea’s flick into his own net.

Chelsea went on to win thanks to a Matt Kilgallon own goal and a deflected effort from Branislav Ivanovic, but Rose felt the performance was the best for a while.

“We put everything we’d been working on during the week into the game,” Rose explained.

“Chelsea didn’t have a clear-cut opportunity to score in the first half.

“When your luck’s down, everything goes against you. We had a chance to clear the ball for the first half.

“I tried to go up the line to cover and slipped, and then the second goal was a deflection. It’s hard to take.”

He added: “The gaffer said we have to fight and try and forget about today and use the things we did well next week.

“We had some good opportunities in the first half. When you come to places like this you have to take your opportunities, and we didn’t do that.”

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