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Demetriou’s Sunderland Reaction

29 October 2018

Southend right-back Jason Demetriou thought his side were unlucky to be on the end of a 3-0 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday and should well of had a penalty in the first half.

Here’s what Demetriou had to say after the game.

Thoughts on the defeat…

It wasn’t the result we wanted but I thought the performance was quite good, especially in the first half when we were all over them at times.

They got their goal and it wasn’t the best goal to concede but apart from that they didn’t have that many chances. We had a lot and on the day we just needed to convert them but unfortunately we didn’t.

On the penalty appeal…

I thought it was a clear penalty. We give the ref enough stick, but he knew. At half time I said to him and he said he "might have missed one”.

It was a clear penalty and if we score, at 1-1 it’s a totally different game. Sometimes at these big clubs they get intimidated but that’s the way it goes.

On the three goals Blues conceded…

As defenders and a back four, a clean sheet is what we rely on. Sometimes these things happen, a slip of concentration and when you’re playing against good players that’s what happens.

I don’t think it [the result] is so much of a negative because we’ve come to a big stadium and we were in it for a good 60 minutes. Unfortunately, we’ve lost 3-0 but it definitely wasn’t a 3-0 result.

On what we can learn…

We can take a lot because we were brave and we were the ones who looked like the home team at times in the first half. We took the game to them and created some good chances.

If you get the right decisions then we could have been right in the game so I think that’s the main thing to take from it.

We’re a good group and unfortunately we’ve picked up four or five bad injuries now to key players. That doesn’t help but we’re going in the right direction and I believe in this group.

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