AFC Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling believes the Cherries lost their intensity against Sunderland.
The Cherries had taken an early lead when Junior Stanislas and Adam Smith teamed up to set up Dan Gosling after 11 minutes.
But despite constant pressure and numerous chances, the Cherries could not find a second goal and were made to pay when Sunderland equalised through Victor Anichebe.
AFC Bournemouth continued to push for a winner, but would eventually be caught on the counter attack when Smith fouled Anichebe inside the box.
Jermain Defoe stepped up to score from 12 yards and seal Sunderland’s first win of the season.
Gosling told afcb.co.uk after the game…
‘I think we probably slacked off a bit and the intensity went a little bit.
‘We probably took our foot off the gas just a couple of percent and it gives them a little leg up…’
‘…We had so many chances in the second half, we just needed one to come off someone`s back and go in or just a little slice of luck. Their keeper made some great saves again and it`s just one of those days where nothing went in for us.
‘It wasn`t that we were making sloppy mistakes in our own half on the ball. I thought we were ok on the ball. We needed to find the pockets a little bit quicker, that`s probably where we lacked a little bit today but overall our performance was OK…’
I thought Gosling should have been MOM and not for the goal. I thought he really put a shift in and at times held things together when they looked like it might get even worse for us. – Join the conversation here.
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