Interim head coach reacts.
Interim head coach Kevin Ball felt fine margins proved decisive as his side suffered a home defeat to reigning champions Manchester United.
Craig Gardner gave Sunderland an early lead, but two second-half goals from Adnan Januzaj saw the visitors depart with three points.
“The players worked hard; they deserved their lead in the first half and created several other chances,” Ball said.
It’s fine margins against the top teams and the higher you go, those margins get smaller and smaller
- Kevin Ball
“At the start of the second half we expected United to come out as they did.
“From my point of view – and the players feel the same – we all felt that the [first] goal could have been prevented and that something could have been done about it, and the same could have been said for the second goal.”
He added: “It’s fine margins against the top teams and the higher you go, those margins get smaller and smaller."
More than 45,000 fans packed the Stadium of Light and Ball thanked them for their excellent support throughout.
“I thought the fans backed us really well throughout and it would have been nice to get something at the end,” he explained.
“The fans got right behind us and we really appreciate that.”