David Moyes believes his side missed a great chance to earn all three points following Sunderland’s stalemate at home to Burnley this afternoon.
The Claret’s enjoyed the lion share of possession in the opening period, Ashley Barnes going closest in the 42nd minute as he sliced wide from six yards.
A rejuvenated Black Cats returned after the 15 minute interval, though, Adnan Januzaj firing straight at Tom Heaton before Seb Larsson lifted his attempt over the bar from close range.
Moyes’ side continued to crank up the pressure and should’ve gone ahead when Larsson’s first-time cross picked out Billy Jones at the far post, but the full-back could only miscue his header wide.
Jordan Pickford then came to the Lads’ recue, producing a decisive one-handed stop to deny Sam Vokes as he wriggled clear of Jason Denayer, before Fabio Borini was then left with his head in hands as he failed to beat Tom Heaton from 12 yards.
Speaking post-match Moyes delivered an honest reflection.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t take three points today because we created some good chances,” he said.
“It was a bit scrappy at times, I can’t say we played overly well but I think Burnley make you play that way because they drag you into the sort of game you don’t want.
“We had to see tough spells out and we had to dig in at times before we could get going and create opportunities.
“Thankfully the Lads stuck together and we managed to overcome that.
“I certainly thought in the second half we had some chances to score,” he continued.
“We wanted all three points today so we are disappointed with just one but we have to use it as a positive because we’ll have to win and draw games between now and the end of the season.
“The players know exactly how much it means to everyone and what it means to win - we have emphasised it.
“They didn’t lose but they know it was a real chance to get three points.”