Sunday 25 February 2018

Moyes bemoans Gabbiadini goal as Black Cats sink

Sunderland 0 Southampton 4

Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates his first goal at Sunderland
Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates his first goal at Sunderland

Sunderland boss David Moyes was left to rue a controversial opening goal after seeing Southampton romp to a 4-0 Premier League victory at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats capitulated horribly after going 1-0 down on the half hour, eventually losing comfortably to the EFL Cup finalists.

However, Moyes insisted that the opener, which appeared to go in off striker Manolo Gabbiadini's arm, should not have been allowed by referee Paul Tierney.

The Scot said: "Actually, we had played well for 20, 25 minutes, maybe as well as we had played here this season at times without making enough opportunities.

"Look, the goal goes in - and the first goal is really important because Southampton are a team who have been struggling for results, they had lost five or six of their games recently, so the first goal in today's game was going to be really important for both teams.

"The boy puts it in with his arm. It doesn't touch anybody's head, it doesn't do anything like that, it just goes straight in off his arm."

If there was a debate over the first goal, there was none over the second as £14.6million January signing Gabbiadini turned John O'Shea to double the visitors' lead.

Moyes made changes in an effort to rescue the game, but Jason Denayer's late own goal and a fourth in stoppage time from substitute Shane Long completed a miserable afternoon for the home side.

Saints boss Claude Puel was delighted with his team's display, which earned just a second league win in eight attempts.

Puel said: "It was a fantastic game and good, of course, with all those games lost before, it was very important to react and to give a good answer. I hope it's the first game of a good cycle."

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