Adam Johnson

Johnson casts eye over defeat

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by Stuart Vose

Winger says side must keep carving out chances.

Adam Johnson feels Sunderland’s fortunes will turn if they can continue carving out chances.

The winger admitted there was room for improvement following the 2-1 weekend defeat to West Brom.

We hit the post and created some good chances and we’re disappointed we didn’t get a couple more goals – at least one to make it 2-2

- Adam Johnson

Johnson, who felt Sunderland should have had a first-half penalty when his cross appeared to be handled, says the Black Cats must keep plugging away if they are to get back to winning ways.

And he felt his side should have taken a share of the spoils in the Midlands and notched more than the one goal they registered – a late lofted effort from Stephane Sessegnon.

“We hit the post and created some good chances and we’re disappointed we didn’t get a couple more goals – at least one to make it 2-2,” he said.

“I think I should have probably had [a penalty] as well in the first-half. We have to just keep working hard and hope it’s going to come.”

He added: “I still think we can be a million times better in our all round play - if we look back we should definitely had a couple more goals.

“They had a couple of chances as well but the key point for us is to just keep putting them chances away and not make mistakes in our own box too.”

Johnson felt his side’s luck was summed up when Romelu Lukaku scored what proved to be the winning goal with 15 minutes to play, charging down a clearance only to see the rebound fly into the net.

But he says it’s up to Sunderland to forge some good fortune of their own – starting with this weekend’s game against Fulham.

“You get punished in this league,” he said. “It was a bit fortunate in a sense - you’ll see 100 of them fly over the bar or run out of play.

“It’s just not seeming to fall for us at the moment. We need to keep working hard individually and as a team – you make your own luck; hopefully it’ll come.”