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Woody: No excuses

Posted on 25 August 2008  - 12:00

Jonathan Woodgate offered an honest assessment of our defeat to Sunderland before insisting the lads were determined to turn the corner at Chelsea.

Woody: No excuses

Jonathan Woodgate offered an honest assessment of our defeat to Sunderland before insisting the lads were determined to turn the corner at Chelsea.

We certainly played well enough and created enough chances to win against the Black Cats at the Lane on Saturday.

Kieran Richardson put the visitors ahead 10 minutes into the second half but that goal prompted our best spell and we eventually equalised with 18 minutes remaining through Jermaine Jenas.

It looked like we would go on to win from there only to be stung by Djibril Cisse's headed winner in the 82nd minute.

"Two defeats out of two is not good but we've plenty of games to put things right," insisted Jonathan.

"It wasn't the best of displays and Sunderland did exactly what Middlesbrough did last week, they worked their socks off, set-up with two banks of four behind the ball and played well.

"There are no excuses - we're a team with a lot of tremendous players but at the moment we're not cutting it.

"We'll go to Chelsea and we'll have to put in a good performance because they are a top, top side. We'll work hard in training this week and try to put things right. "

It was suggested to Woody that the opening games had been a tough baptism for the new players and especially Luka Modric, with opponents not giving the midfielder any room to play. "I think Luka's done well - he's a tremendous player and a tremendous asset for the club," he said. "I certainly wouldn't give him room to play if I was playing against him."