Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Gordon Keeps on Hoping for Home Comfort

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Gordon Keeps on Hoping for Home Comfort

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Byline: By JAMES HUNTER

CRAIG GORDON knows Sunderland will have to rely on their home form to get them out of trouble again after they drew a blank at doomed Derby.

The Black Cats were held to their first goalless draw of the season at Pride Park.

While they remain in 15th place, wins for Reading and Birmingham halved their safety margin and left them just two points above the relegation zone.

While the Wearsiders have yet to win on the road, their home form has been very good - but they will need to be at their best to take anything out of their next two games, which see in-form Everton and title-hopefuls Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light.

Scotland goalkeeper Gordon said: "It was always going to be close on Saturday because of the way it has gone for both sides.

"As a defence, we have kept our side of the bargain with the clean sheet and that at least is something to be happy with.

"We felt we had the chances to win the game and we have come away disappointed not to have got the three points.

It was a good opportunity to do that.

"The table is tighter again and two results made it even closer between a group of eight or nine of us in the bottom half of the table.

"We have two tough games at home now but, with our home record and our crowd, we have to have the belief we can do well in these games." Sunderland failed to make the most of their chances against the Rams, but they have reason to feel aggrieved after Michael Chopra had a 'goal' ruled out for offside in the first half which replays showed should have stood.

Gordon said: "I was a long way from that, but a few of the lads have seen a replay and they said it was onside.

"These are big decisions for clubs in our position, but perhaps we cannot complain too much because there were other chances in the game we did not take." Sunderland kept their first clean sheet of the season on the road and it was a quiet afternoon for Gordon, who did not have a single on-target shot to deal with. …

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