Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coleman Ready for Next Test after Painful Defeat

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coleman Ready for Next Test after Painful Defeat

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER Sports Writer @JHUNTERCHRON

CHRIS Coleman admits Sunderland's defeat against Aston Villa left him 'lower than a snake's belly' - but insists he will be ready to go again at QPR tomorrow.

Coleman cut a dejected figure in his post-match press conference following the Black Cats' dismal 3-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday.

After three promising performances, the Welshman says he took Sunderland's regression hard - which accounted for his downbeat demeanour.

Yet by the time he faced the media again less than 48 hours later his optimism had returned as he looked ahead to the trip to QPR.

He said: "I was lower than a snake's belly on Tuesday but I will be ready on Saturday, I promise you.

"I did not have much sleep on Tuesday but even when we win I don't get a lot of sleep!

"Your mind is just working overtime. The night after a game, I don't sleep much and that has been the same all through my career to be honest.

"It was a tough night on Tuesday. My mood was not great but it is gone, it is done, we cannot get the game back.

"The performance was very disappointing, as was the result.

"I have to pick the players up and be positive for them and make sure they are ready for another go at it on Saturday.

"The big disappointment is we can be better than we were.

"It is missing the 90 minutes which hurts me, missing the challenge, and we did that again.

"I don't think the opposition had to work too hard to get the goals they got and that is disappointing.

"It is gone, it is done, we have to be 100% ready for the next one.

"As disappointed as I was on Tuesday night, I am still optimistic going into this game at QPR."

Sunderland have gone eight games without a win and are bottom of the table. Coleman knows he desperately needs a victory at Loftus Road to get the club out of a rut. He added: "We have not won in eight so cracks become chasms and everything you say, everything you do, is scrutinised.

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