Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boss Can't Keep His Counsel as Return of Vito a Real Shocker; THE PREVIEW: Sunderland V Liverpool David Moyes Thought Black Cats Keeper Vito Mannone Was at Fault for the Opening Two Goals at Turf Moor and He Was Not Shy in Saying So, Reports Stuart Rayner

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boss Can't Keep His Counsel as Return of Vito a Real Shocker; THE PREVIEW: Sunderland V Liverpool David Moyes Thought Black Cats Keeper Vito Mannone Was at Fault for the Opening Two Goals at Turf Moor and He Was Not Shy in Saying So, Reports Stuart Rayner

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Byline: David Moyes

AVID Moyes is not one to sugar coat things.

DWhen their footballers have a shocker, managers tend to throw a protective cloak around them. They are delicate flowers.

Moyes is not like that. At the end of a week when Jordan Pickford was ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury, there was no such attempt to soften the blow after Vito Mannone picked the ball out of the net four times on his first senior appear-ance since August.

The Italian got no more protection from his manager than he had from his hapless back four.

"I think he should save it," said Moyes after Mannone came out second best in a one-on-one with Andre Gray.

There was justified criticism too of his dash from his area to try to stop Barnes a second time early in the second half.

Once Papy Djilobodji had failed to pull the striker back, going round the goalkeeper was a doddle and finding the empty net was none too taxing either.

His first involvement had been a good kick, locating the broad chest of Victor Anichebe. The second was less successful, Stephen Ward beating Adnan Januzaj in the air.

Before he had a save to make - there were none in the first half - the fans in the David Fishwick Stand behind him were singing his name. Having been between the posts for a run to Wembley and a miracle escape from relegation, Mannone is a popular figure.

At least he was at the start. When his name cropped up in the away end later in the afternoon, it will have been less complimentary.

Pickford's are big gloves to fill and Mannone may have been aware of that.

A third kick, shanked out of play, was not reassuring. Pickford's distribution is one of his big strengths. The lack of shots on target prevented Mannone getting muchneeded confidence under his belt. Seeing the disarray in front of him once Lamine Kone limped off will have done nothing for him.

John O'Shea and Djilobodji ran into each other - presumably silently - to expose Mannone one-on-one.

The shot was smashed into the net with great power but Moyes was not having that as an excuse. He is not really fond of them.

Ward shot wide when Mannone must have been bracing himself for a save and Billy Jones' yellow card late in the first half left him vulnerable for the 47 minutes to come, never mind ruling him out of today's game against Liverpool. …

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