Saturday 24 June 2017

Moyes insists things are all good with owner Short

Sunderland 0 Burnley 0

Burnley's Andre Gray in action with Sunderland's Jason Denayer. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Reuters
Burnley's Andre Gray in action with Sunderland's Jason Denayer. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Reuters
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David Moyes refused to read anything suspicious into the appearance of Sunderland owner Ellis Short at the Stadium of Light to see his side slip closer to the Championship after a goalless draw with Burnley.

Short has been an infrequent matchday visitor this season and will have been less than impressed as a series of missed chances contributed to the Black Cats' survival mission becoming ever more unlikely.

Sunderland manager David Moyes looks dejected after the match. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Reuters
Sunderland manager David Moyes looks dejected after the match. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Reuters

Moyes is the last manager standing in the Premier League relegation fight following last week's dismissal of Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, but he insisted he is unconcerned by Short's rare appearance.

Moyes said: "I spoke to him (Short) today. I suppose if you own a football club you are entitled to come and watch it - he is allowed to do that. I saw him this morning and he is entitled to come along but it is all good."

Moyes was left to rue misses from the likes of Billy Jones and Fabio Borini as his side, for whom John O'Shea and Darron Gibson featured, drew a blank for the third consecutive game.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche started both Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick and expressed frustration that his side failed to take their early chances to put the hosts under pressure and ultimately end their long-running away-day drought.

Dyche, who introduced Robbie Brady after 74 minutes, said: "We had chances early on to change the feeling in the whole stadium - the psychology of the game would have changed if we'd nicked the goal we probably deserved in the first half. They had to have a go because there was a feeling of must-win for them today and they created two great chances. It was a game of missed chances for both teams today."

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