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Sunderland: George Dobson talks up mentality dilemma after defeat

Sunderland: George Dobson talks up mentality dilemma after defeat

Sunderland midfielder George Dobson has spoken about the way in which the club must react to their 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City.

The Black Cats sunk to sixth in the league as they came up short at Sincil Bank, with Lincoln moving up to 11th.

After the match – in which he was an unused substitute – Dobson spoke of having to balance the way in which they approach the defeat, saying that they must take it seriously but at the same time not get hung up on it.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo he said: “It’s obviously a funny one.

“When a result and performance is like that, you obviously have to address it but you can’t dwell on it.

“If you let the negativity creep in too much then the whole place can become too negative.

“You’ve got to think it is only one performance.

“It wasn’t good enough on Saturday, in terms of doing the basics and the fundamentals.

“Not playing, you can only say so much because you obviously weren’t on the pitch to influence.

“The boys have said it wasn’t good enough and those sort of performances can’t be repeated.”

With Sunderland going five games unbeaten before this loss (WhoScored), you can see where Dobson is coming from by arguing that they shouldn’t let it impact them too much.

It’s no secret that Sunderland are chasing promotion, so it’s important for them to get back on the horse with a win in the league against second-placed Wycombe on Saturday.

Just a few days before, recently departed manager Jack Ross spoke concerningly about the emerging gap at the top of the table. Ipswich are still unbeaten after 11 games, and are four points ahead of Wycombe and eight ahead of Sunderland, at this early stage of the season.

While Dobson discussed making sure that the team moves on, Jack Ross is making it clear that his side needs to improve, as his quotes from the post-Lincoln match suggest.

He said to Chronicle Live: “We want to be challenging for promotion so we can’t say that that [eight-point gap] is OK..

“We need to be winning games.”

Dobson’s words are pretty sensible and common for a post-match shock defeat, so there should be no surprise that he and his side instantly want to bounceback after a loss such as that.

They are slightly contradictory to Jack Ross’ words before his departure, who was more brutal in his assessment of the match, however, Dobson did have a bit longer to dwell on the result.

Either way, they are at risk of being left behind by Ipswich unless their results start improving, with Paul Lambert’s side in red-hot form in League One.

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