Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duncan: I Could Learn a Lot from Defoe's Finishing School; BUT MISSED CHANCE AT ANFIELD NOT PLAYING ON WAT'S MIND

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duncan: I Could Learn a Lot from Defoe's Finishing School; BUT MISSED CHANCE AT ANFIELD NOT PLAYING ON WAT'S MIND

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER Sports Writer james.hunter@trinitymirror.com @JHUNTERCHRON

DUNCAN Watmore will not allow his missed chance at Liverpool to play on his mind - but admits he will be taking finishing lessons from Jermain Defoe!

Sunderland's best opportunity of the game fell to Watmore in the second half with the game goalless, but his first touch let him down and when he did eventually get his shot away Reds keeper Loris Karius made the block.

At that stage the Black Cats had quietened the Anfield crowd and if Sunderland had gone in front, the pressure would have been on Jurgen Klopp's side.

"It was a very good chance and we worked hard to get that chance, and I'd have loved to have scored it," said Watmore.

"But you have to make sure it doesn't play on your mind, and instead concentrate on improving your own game so that next time you do take that chance when it comes.

"When you've got someone like JD [Defoe] in the team, he's not a bad person to learn from because finishing is his game.

"I definitely need to improve in that respect, and that's what we do on the training pitch."

Sunderland frustrated Liverpool for 75 minutes before finally Divock Origi found a way through, and then James Milner added a second from the penalty spot in injury time.

After the game Klopp labelled Sunderland 'the most defensive team I have ever seen in my life',' but Watmore said the Black Cats' only regret was that they could not hold out for the full 90 minutes.

Asked whether Klopp's comments had stung the players, Watmore said: "No, I don't think so. As far as I'm aware, that hasn't been mentioned.

"We went there to do a job but unfortunately we couldn't get the result that we wanted and were disappointed in that respect.

"It would have been nice to complete the defensive performance with a clean sheet. …

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