Manager speaks after loss at Etihad.Martin O’Neill watched his side fall to their first defeat of the season at the hands of reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.
Aleksandar Kolarov scored an early free kick to give the home side the lead, before second half goals from Sergio Aguero and James Milner sealed Sunderland’s fate.
After the game at the Etihad Stadium O’Neill told safc.com: “I’m disappointed with the result and the performance - we should have done much better.
“Manchester City can beat anybody and they can play like that on any given day, but we gave them a lot of room and time and maybe too much respect.
“They are a fine side but we gave the ball away far too easily and it was hard to recover.
“In the second half we tried to become more of an attacking threat but they got their second goal halfway through, giving them time to perform again, and eventually they were too strong for us.
“We lost possession after just a couple of minutes, which led to the free kick and [Aleksandar] Kolarov is more than capable of scoring those type of goals."
O'Neill added: “That was the turning point in the game.
“There are better sides than us that will come to the Etihad Stadium and be beaten, however, last season we were the only team take points from City here.
“We were well short of that performance today.”