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Di Canio bemoans weak Sunderland

25 August 2013 11:06

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio lamented the lack of physicality in his side at set-pieces after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Southampton.

Di Canio's men conceded an 88th-minute equaliser to a Jose Fonte header from James Ward-Prowse's free kick.

Emanuele Giaccherini had nodded home an early corner unmarked to give Sunderland the lead, but Di Canio underlined his desire to add a greater physical presence to his squad, regardless.

"There was a reason I asked for another centre midfielder with a physical presence, possibly British," he said.

"I played here for a number of years and know this league more than some managers who have managed here for 20 years."

Sunderland have been busy in the transfer market over the summer, but Di Canio insisted he still needed to make further signings.

"I've asked continually for two more additions to this team but British with a physical presence," he said.

"I had the same situation at Swindon. We brought in a revolution of 12 or 13 players from abroad but straight away I said I want two or three British players with a physical presence.

"At the end of the season we won the league. I can't promise we will win the league here but we would have less problems.

"At the moment we only have two centre-halves and one striker who can use their bodies to mark opponents."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
24 August 2013
Game week
2
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
3' E. Giaccherini
 (assist by S. Larsson)
José Fonte 88'
(assist by J. Ward-Prowse) 
1 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
2
17 83'
10
1
8
18
26

Saturday 30 August

20:15
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19:59
19:53
19:48
19:42
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19:17
19:01
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18:16
18:01
18:00
17:55
17:53
17:42
17:20
17:11
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12:51
12:35
12:24
12:03
11:03
11:02
10:12
06:42
05:53
02:54
02:42
02:39
01:22

Friday 29 August

23:21
23:19
22:45
22:38
22:29
21:53
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21:09
20:45
20:21
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19:24
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18:56
18:34
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16:53
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15:58
15:48
15:40
15:28
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13:29
13:11
12:59
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12:29
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04:30
03:28
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01:42
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Thursday 28 August

23:51
23:35
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23:00
22:54
22:53
22:41
22:41
22:32
22:17
22:01
22:01
21:53
21:35
20:55
20:43
20:33
19:51
19:41
19:33
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17:20
17:00
16:59
16:52
16:38
16:32
16:31
16:28
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16:04
16:00
15:50
15:29
15:25
15:17
14:53
14:17
14:07
13:58
13:58
13:26
13:11
13:04
12:37
12:26
12:10
11:44
11:13
10:56
10:41
10:25
10:11
07:51
07:21
06:58
06:34
05:00
04:33
04:03
03:58
02:46
01:34
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00:12

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
11 2 -1 3
12 3 -4 3
13 3 -1 2
14 3 -1 2
15 3 -2 2

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