New level: Ross delighted by standard of performances

Jack Ross has paid homage to the current mindset of his group following their third win on the spin.

On Saturday, Sunderland dispatched Plymouth Argyle 2-0 at the Stadium of Light, with Lee Cattermole striking in the first period before skipper George Honeyman sealed the win three minutes from time.

While the win didn’t see the Lads make up any ground on the top two – Luton Town and Barnsley – who won also, the win has seen them keep the heat on as the race for promotion continues to heat up. 

Speaking to, the manager was delighted by his side’s showing and paid particular tribute to the attitude and determination in the group to keep churning results out.

“I was pleased with our performance because I have spoken a lot about how resilient the group have been over the course of the season,” he said.

“Recently, I’ve felt as though our performance levels have gone up a notch. We had a frustrating period when we weren’t getting the rewards, but we have done well recently and hopefully we can continue to do that. 

“The only thing we can affect is our own performance and results. There’s a really good focus in the group at the minute from everyone, even those who aren’t involved.

“In the lead up to games they are training well, and they took that into the game on Saturday, particularly in the first half.

“There’s no doubt we were very good in the first half,” he continued. “Some of our play was terrific from all sides of the game because what we do in forward areas only comes if we have the platform in terms of our shape defensively and the understanding of our roles.

“The lads have been terrific and they’ve brought into what we’ve asked them to do all the time.

“If we keep creating those opportunities in a 90-minute period then we are going to win games.”

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