Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Have to Be More Ruthless in Order to Start Winning Matches Says Black Cats' Willis

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Have to Be More Ruthless in Order to Start Winning Matches Says Black Cats' Willis

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Byline: STUART RAYNER

JORDAN Willis has praised Sunderland's character but bemoaned a lack of ruthlessness as he urged perspective on their start to the season. Aiden McGeady's added-time penalty secured the Black Cats' fourth 1-1 draw from nine league matches this season at Bolton Wanderers. They have also won four.

As centre-back Willis pointed out, it showed great character to keep fighting on another frustrating afternoon but it was not enough to stop an angry reaction from the majority of the 4,037 away fans which increased the pressure on manager Jack Ross.

The Trotters deservedly took the lead early in the second half through Jack Hobbs.

It was only their second goal of the League One campaign, and they went into the match on minus 10 points after a summer stricken by financial troubles which left them bereft of senior contracted players until new owners could sanction a late trolley-dash on transfer deadline day three weeks ago.

Despite Sunderland's poor performance, centre-back Tom Flanagan missed three free headers and Will Grigg one. The last of Flanagan's efforts clipped the crossbar in the second half, after Luke O'Nien hit the post.

"We had to show a bit of character to get back into the game, and we did that," Willis commented. "When you go a goal behind, you want to get a goal back as early as you can, but we weren't able to do that so we had to stick at it.

"It took us a while to get the equaliser, but we got there in the end. The lads showed character to come from behind and get the draw, but we need to be winning these games."

Willis put their failure to do so down to a lack of "ruthlessness", a common complaint last season, when he was still with Coventry City.

"It was frustrating more than anything," he admitted.

"We have to be more ruthless at keeping other teams out, and then we have to take our own chances. …

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