Sbragia rues Jones miss

03 March 2009 11:06
Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia believes his side could have experienced a different night against Liverpool had Kenwyne Jones not wasted a glorious early chance.[LNB] The Black Cats sank 2-0 at Anfield on Tuesday as David Ngog and Yossi Benyaoun reinvigorated the Reds' faint Premier League title hopes following Saturday's defeat at Middlesbrough.[LNB]However, Sbragia feels it could have been a different story if Trinidad and Tobago striker Jones had converted an opportunity following a slip by Martin Skrtel.[LNB]Jones found himself one-one-one with Jose Reina in the opening minutes, but was superbly denied by the Liverpool goalkeeper, leaving Sbragia ruing the failure to convert. [LNB]"Jones should have scored - and on any other day, he probably would have done so," he said.[LNB]Pressure"If we had scored then the game would have been very different. Liverpool would have become anxious and we would have given ourselves something to hang on to.[LNB]"Liverpool would have been under pressure. We did okay in the first half - but once they went ahead, it was always going to be difficult."[LNB]Sbragia feels that Sunderland - who sit in 12th position, five points from the relegation zone - need 10 more points to ensure top-flight survival.[LNB]Planning for next season is taking place at the Stadium of Light, with Sbragia set for a meeting with chairman Niall Quinn on Wednesday where a potential long-term contract and transfer targets are to be discussed, and the Black Cats boss is confident.[LNB]"Maybe nine or 10 points," the Scot told Sky Sports 2 when asked what was required to ensure survival.[LNB]"We have got the points in the bag. It is up to others to catch us as well. I think 10 points probably."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports