Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has praised team-mate Adam Johnson for his performance in Monday's clash with Stoke.
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson believes his side fully deserved their share of the points from Monday's 1-1 draw with Stoke.
Tony Pulis has blamed the dismissal of Sunderland captain Craig Gardner for Sunderland's poor second half in a 1-1 draw on Monday.Pulis' Stoke side moved six points clear of the English Premier League's relegation zone with a point gained away to Sunderland but the 55-year-old claimed Stoke could have won but for a timid performance after the break at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio was proud of the spirit his side showed to come from a goal down to earn a crucial draw with Stoke City.The Italian watched on in dismay as Jonathan Walters scored an early goal for Stoke and then saw Craig Gardner sent off for a poor challenge on Charlie Adam.
can stay in the game.
"There was only one team in the second half but it is obvious we have to
stop what we did last week and this week (having men sent off), otherwise we are
going to put ourselves in trouble. We have to help ourselves."
The dismissal of Gardner came just as Sunderland appeared to be getting back into the game but rather than derail their progress Di Canio felt they continued to improve against an imposing Stoke side.
"I am very happy in the way we were in the first half after Craig was sent off," he added. "It was a very tough moment for us. They are a very physical presence with these enormous lads.
"The second half and the last 15 minutes of the first half I saw the team I want to see, playing football with enthusiasm and the shape was fantastic, I think we fully deserved the point, maybe something more."
The Italian refused to comment on Gardner's sending off, instead explaining that he intended to keep looking forward and plan for their final three games with the players that he does have available.
"I'm not the kind of manager that will cry or make an excuse because the job is done," he continued.
John O'Shea's second-half equaliser rescued a valuable point for 10-man Sunderland as they drew with Stoke City.After going behind to an early Jonathan Walters goal it looked like being an uncomfortable evening for Paolo Di Canio's side, and their task was made even harder when Craig Gardner was sent off.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is targeting two wins and a draw from his side's remaining Premier League games to secure a top-10 finish.Pulis' men have won their last two games to move onto 40 points and travel to relegation-threatened Sunderland on Monday, although the Welshman has warned his side that they are not safe just yet and is looking for a strong end to a campaign that has seen Stoke flirt with danger for much of its duration.
"We need to get as many points as possible and it would be lovely to finish the season with a few more wins.
we can win two of our last three and get a draw we could end up in the
top half of the Premier League, which would be a great season for us."
Stoke will travel to Wearside with a number of fitness issues. Marc Wilson is struggling with a hamstring injury, while Pulis also cast doubt over Andy Wilkinson and Glenn Whelan's availability for the trip to the Stadium of Light.
"Marc is still a concern for us and so are Andy and Glenn after they came off on Saturday," he said.
got three people who we’re not sure of and we could certainly do with
one of the defenders being fit. Fingers crossed, but at the moment those
three are a concern."
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio feels his side were too laid back in their midweek defeat at Aston Villa.The Italian's side were beaten 6-1 by Villa, despite having entered the match in a good run of form, coinciding with the sacking of Martin O'Neill and the appointment of Di Canio.
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