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Late lapse upsets Black Cats

08 Mar 2009 - 10:24:31

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia blamed "criminal" defending for his side's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Black Cats were on course for a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over another side in the bottom half of the table after taking a third-minute lead though Kieran Richardson.

But after conceding an 89th minute equaliser, Sbragia was unhappy with his side's late loss of concentration.

"With 89 minutes played, we felt we had got three points. We had an attacking corner and we should have kept the ball and seen the time out," he said.

"I thought we had seen that off but defensively we were poor.

"To do we what we did was criminal. We got carried away when we should have finished the game off and won 1-0."

Meanwhile, Sbragia was unhappy with goalscorer Richardson, who will now miss two games after picking up his tenth booking of the season.

"Kieran was running around like a chicken with no head trying to get himself booked for some reason and we became undisciplined," he continued.

"Sometimes maybe we think we are bigger than the game. He was on nine bookings and had to be careful.

"We are going to lose him for a month the way things are going.

"He continued getting involved with the referee, he continued trying to make silly tackles and picked up his tenth booking, so that didn't please me.

"And definitely without any doubt, the late goal didn't please me."

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