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Wayne Rooney’s Birmingham gamers will need to have misheard their new supervisor’s soundbite-friendly pledge when he took cost final month. At current, they aren’t a lot ‘no concern’, extra no concept.
England’s former all-time main goalscorer insisted he would ‘elevate’ the Blues, however at current he has guided them out of the top- six place they occupied when John Eustace was unfathomably sacked and deep into the underside half of the Championship.
Rooney was eager to direct the blame in direction of the match officers after a fifth recreation and not using a win, saying: ‘No win in 5 is just not supreme, however I knew once I got here in that we had actually robust video games developing.
‘With their first objective, the officers didn’t see their participant headed it out once they gave a nook.
‘The irritating factor is the fourth official stood subsequent to me informed me it’s a objective kick.’
Adil Aouchiche scored his first objective in a Sunderland shirt simply two minutes after introduction
The second-half substitute produced a second of magic to web his first after a summer time transfer
Wayne Rooney continues to be with out his first win as Birmingham Metropolis supervisor on one other attempting day
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Extra tellingly, he added: ‘We’ve to defend the nook higher.’
Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Patterson, Huggins, Hume, Seelt, Cirkin, Neil, Ekwah, Roberts (Mayenda), Jobe (Aouchiche), Clarke (Burstowe), Rusyn (Ba)
Subs not used: Bishop, Pritchard, Dack, Triantis, Hemir
Targets: Jobe (17′), Sanderson (OG 57′), Aouchiche (76′)
Booked: Roberts, Hume
Supervisor: Tony Mowbray
Birmingham (4-2-3-1): Ruddy, Laird (Oakley), Sanderson, Bacuna, Miyoshi (Gardner), Drameh, James (Dembele), Stansfield (Jutkiewicz), Sunjic, Aiwu, Burke (Hogan)
Subs not used: Etheridge, Roberts, Longelo, Khela
Targets: Miyoshi (30′)
Booked: Laird, James
Supervisor: Wayne Rooney
A good aspect would have taken benefit of Sunderland’s rookie centre-back pairing, with suspension to the common incumbents which means Jenson Seelt and Nectar Triantis made their first league begins.
Each seemed weak, however all Birmingham needed to present was a first-half equaliser swept dwelling by Koji Miyoshi, cancelling out Jobe Bellingham’s seventeenth‑minute opener, the previous Blues midfielder volleying dwelling a Nazariy Rusyn flick from Jack Clarke’s nook.
Birmingham’s defending from set-pieces bordered on the shambolic and Sunderland’s second got here from a brief nook early within the second half, as Emanuel Aiwu’s tried clearance ended up in his personal web off the arm of his skipper Dion Sanderson, beneath strain from Triantis.
Clarke put Sunderland’s third on a plate for substitute Adil Aouchiche and Tony Mowbray’s aspect ought to have gained by extra, hitting the body of the objective twice.
To date, the a lot heralded ‘successful mentality’ Rooney was meant to instil has seen them take one level from a potential 15.
He added: ‘Focus allow us to down for the second objective once we switched off.
‘I spoke to them about it and that must be there for 90 minutes. The gamers must be accountable.’
Sunderland stay within the thick of the play-off race and Mowbray stated: ‘The crew epitomised a younger crew right now, we have been so dominant for half-hour.
Jobe Bellingham (centre left) opened the scoring for the house aspect in opposition to his boyhood membership after simply 17 minutes
Birmingham have been capable of provide a immediate rejoinder when Koji Miyoshi shovelled within the equaliser on the half-hour mark
‘We might have been 4 up earlier than half-time and we all know we needs to be scoring extra.’
‘It acquired slack, shedding it in midfield, foolish passes and letting them break. It’s a trait of younger footballers I feel, pondering it’s simple.
‘I attempted to focus on that at half-time, you’re all high gamers however high groups do it for 90 minutes, not 30.
‘It’s nice we are able to have a lesson like whereas nonetheless getting a win.’
Because the ball pinballed within the six-yard field, Dion Sanderson was unfortunate sufficient to go down because the scorer of Sunderland’s second
Rooney’s aspect have been outclassed by a Black Cats crew that streaked forward within the second-half