Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat admitted two points from six Premier League games is not enough, but said he was “sure” the Black Cats will survive.
Advocaat’s men were beaten 2-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon as a goal from Callum Wilson and a stunning strike from Matt Ritchie sent Sunderland to the foot of the table.
To make matters worse for Advocaat, Younes Kaboul was sent off on 74 minutes – his sixth red card in the Premier League – as Sunderland were effectively staring down the barrel after just 10 minutes on the south coast.
The visitors had 47 per cent possession but could not create enough goalscoring chances and managed just two shots on target.
They did not manage a single shot on target after the 40th minute – but Advocaat was insistent his side would avoid relegation this season.
Advocaat said: “The second half was better but you cannot do worse than the first half. We started the first half totally hopelessly. There was no sharpness. Me and the players have to look in the mirror.
“Two points after six games is not enough. Nice words is not enough, we have to do it a different way now. I am sure we will stay up though.
“I’m very angry with the way we started the game.
“We started playing at 2-0 down but by then it is too late. I’m very, very angry with the players – although it is not the first time.
“I will think about myself, what I did wrong – the meeting, the training, the wrong line-up, whatever. I also told them you have to face it yourselves as well.
“What we bring and what they brought is different. I respect Bournemouth for winning this game but if you see the paper and the names you have to do a little bit more than we did today.”