Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Played into Swansea's Hands and Reacted Poorly to Going Behind, Says Jones

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Played into Swansea's Hands and Reacted Poorly to Going Behind, Says Jones

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Byline: Steve Brown

SUNDERLAND "played into Swansea City's hands" as they lost their relegation duel at the Liberty Stadium, according to Billy Jones.

The Black Cats had won three games out of four ahead of their trip to South Wales but let their standards slip and were beaten 3-0 - a result which saw David Moyes' side replace the Swans at the foot of the table after a one-week hiatus.

The game was goalless at half-time but a penalty at the start of the second half saw Gylfi Sigurdsson put the hosts ahead and then Fernando Llorente scored from a set-piece within three minutes to leave Sunderland reeling, the Spaniard then adding another late on.

Moyes said his team reacted poorly after falling behind - and Jones concurs.

"I totally agree with the gaffer there," said the defender.

"We went in at half-time happy with a clean sheet, we spoke about how we had a great chance of winning if we could do that.

"Second half, the plan was to try to frustrate them.

"If we could have done that for the first 20 minutes or so they would have had to start taking chances and then we would have looked to try to exploit that.

"However, to concede so early on, and then the manner in which we did for the second goal...we had to keep in the game.

"At 1-0, we were still in with a chance and if we'd kept it at tha I'm sure we would have had some more chances.

"With the start we've made to the second half we've played into their hands and we never got back into the game after that."

Sunderland created a couple of opportunities in the first half but they did not show the same qualities which had brought victories against Bournemouth, Hull City, and Leicester City in previous weeks.

Jones added: "We're disappointed with the way we lost the game.

"In the first half we showed some of the good stuff we have played in recent games.

"We'd spoken before the game about the standards we had set in the run of three wins out of four and trying to maintain that same level of consistency. …

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