Kevin Ball

Ball philosophical after defeat

Published:
by Stuart Vose

U21 coach weighs up late loss at Blackburn.

Kevin Ball felt his young side’s performance merited a better return after Sunderland’s under-21s went down 2-1 at Blackburn on Monday night.

The Black Cats took the lead through a Jordan Laidler free-kick early on and held the advantage until Anton Forrester levelled just before the break.

The game looked to be heading towards a draw until Forrester popped up five minutes from time to head in the winner.

We were heading towards a fair draw only to concede from movement following a free-kick we didn’t need to give away

- Kevin Ball

“It was a frustrating night because we were beaten despite doing some really good things in the game,” Ball said afterwards.

“We started the game really well and deserved to go ahead. Yes, Jordan’s free-kick took a deflection but it was nothing less than we deserved.

“I was pleased with them in the build-up to half time, although the goal we conceded should have been defended better.”

Ball added: “It wasn’t much of a game [in the second half] and neither team created much.

“We were heading towards a fair draw only to concede from movement following a free-kick we didn’t need to give away.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose; we did well in the game.”