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BITTER PILL FOR CARRICK

Posted on 14 February 2006  - 12:00

Michael Carrick said Sunderland's late leveller provided a particularly unwelcome kick in the teeth.

Michael Carrick said Sunderland's late leveller provided a particularly unwelcome kick in the teeth.

Three points looked all set to be deposited in our Premiership account to create a gap between ourselves and the chasing pack, but a rally from the home side resulted in Daryl Murphy hitting the net and a deflated feeling among those in our ranks.

"Yes, it is disappointing because we came here wanting to win the game," sighed the midfielder. "We leave here frustrated, we thought we had done enough to win and we were pretty comfortable throughout.

"I thought the lead would be enough with the way we were defending, we would have taken a 1-0 but it wasn't to be.

"It is one of those things, we were playing away and coping well. We weren't playing great football but it was never going to be a great game with the pitch the way it was," he continued, before adding that we haven't lost any ground due to Saturday's results and are seeking to take advantage on return to the Lane.

"We don't, but it was the chance to get a little bit of a lead. We've got to move on and we have a couple of home games now."