Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ross: Burton Loss Turned Our Season

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ross: Burton Loss Turned Our Season

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER Sunderland writer @JHUNTERCHRON

Jack Ross SUNDERLAND'S defeat at Burton Albion in September was a rare event in the Black Cats' promotion campaign - but Jack Ross rates it as one of the most important moments of the season.

The Brewers are one of only two sides to have beaten Sunderland in League One this season and the only one to have done so without a numerical advantage as Portsmouth's victory at Fratton Park in December came against ten men following Glenn Loovens' red card.

That 2-1 reverse against Burton at the Pirelli Stadium seven months ago ended Sunderland's seven-game unbeaten start to the season and it afforded Ross' players their first look at how their new boss would handle a setback in the club's promotion quest.

Ross, whose side faces Burton in the return game at the Stadium of Light this evening, said: "You never want to be beaten but I could never have imagined us only losing two games at this point because this is just such a tough league.

"There were two parts to it - one, how I would deal with it publicly because it is all very well when you are winning games, and two, more importantly it was how I would deal with it in the changing room.

"I always maintain I am happy to have discussions and maintain communication, balanced with the fact I am the manager, but a lot of people talk You learn game the talk in that respect but then don't walk the walk.

win or looking that was important Jack "I think the players at that time saw what I said was how it was.

"I remember that game because we spoke for a while afterwards. We were rubbish that day while Burton played well.

"We were not at it that day but we were able to talk about it openly without fear of being shut down right away because you say something the manager does not agree with. …

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