IT is an overused footballing cliche however supervisor Lee Johnson admitted that’s was a story of two halves in Sunderland’s 1-1 pleasant draw with York Metropolis this night.
Dan Neil put the Black Cats in entrance within the first half with a well-worked transfer earlier than Kurt Willoughby lashed residence from shut vary for the hosts following a set-piece shortly after the second half restarted.
Benji Kimpioka had the prospect to seal the win for Sunderland with a penalty within the 87th minute however was denied by keeper Ryan Whitely.
It is the second time the Black Cats have drawn in opposition to a Nationwide League North aspect in pre-season they usually’re up in opposition to League Two opposition on the weekend a stone’s throw away from York. It is a journey to Harrogate City.
Sunderland loved the lion’s share of possession all through this night’s sport however did not make it depend.
“I believed first half we have been good. We have been in complete management,” mentioned Johnson. “We most likely noticed 85 or 90 % of how we wish to play. It was a excessive line and we have been profitable the ball again fast. We had a press good and early. We obtained in behind 5 – 6 instances.
“It was a bit of bit toothless I believed. We didn’t have fairly sufficient numbers within the field. We needed to rating the right purpose, which we did.
“I’d have favored to have labored the keeper a bit of bit extra contemplating our dominance in order that’s simply an perspective factor.
“We’ve obtained to get Corry Evans (to) proceed to play ahead relentlessly as a result of what occurs is when you don’t get that two-goal lead, that’s what occurs.
“The opposite group get a head of steam, a set-play and particular person error, refereeing choice, no matter can occur.
“If this was the equal of enjoying Gillingham for instance, you’re going to should defend your field they usually can bombard you from set performs so it’s one thing we’ve obtained to get the stability of as a group.”