Ball looks ahead

by Stuart Vose

Interim head coach relishing home test.

Kevin Ball is relishing the chance to take on reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

Sunderland’s interim head coach faces his third game in charge as he pits his wits against new United boss David Moyes.

“Manchester United is another really good game and they're coming thick and fast,” said Ball, who also faced the Red Devils during a spell in charge in 2005-06, earning a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

“I know I can’t run around any more but I’m not half looking forward to the game.”

Ball is looking for signs of continued progress having seen positives in each of his first two games.

“Peterborough are top of their league and flying, so that wasn’t an easy game and you have to give credit to the players because the result was justified,” he added.

“Against Liverpool the performance was good – we wanted it to be even better, but we didn’t get the result so we need to improve the performance for the result to come this weekend.

“I want improvement and for us to keep building and eliminating any small mistakes to give us the best opportunity to win.”

Ball and the squad have watched video clips from the Liverpool game as part of their preparations for this weekend’s fixture.

And the interim head coach has been pleased with the players’ response to the exercise.

“It was a tough one to lose because we were so in the game,” he said.

“We’ve sat with the players and watched the clips – we’ve showed them some of the good stuff they did and touched on the areas we need to improve.

“We spoke about the goals conceded and I like it when the players talk it through themselves rather than us just showing them what happened.

“To be fair they did that and did it well.”

- Watch the full interview with Kevin Ball on SAFSee now.