Phil Parkinson has stated that his Sunderland team needs to become more confident in front of goal, as reported on the club’s official website.
These comments came following the Carabao Cup loss against Oxford United, in which the Black Cats were knocked out following a penalty shootout.
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Speaking to Sunderland’s official channels, Parkinson said: “We have got to believe in ourselves more in and around the opposition goal.
“The woodwork has been against us and on Tuesday we had some guilt-edge chances and should’ve seen the game off. We have got to get the players believing more in themselves, so they do take the chances when they come.”
Perhaps the most blatant sign of this lack of confidence was Will Grigg’s penalty in the shootout, which frustrated many fans.
The striker stepped up and sent the ball over the bar, before walking away with a dejected look written across his face, as shown in the highlights video on Sky Sports.
To add a further sign from that Carabao Cup loss that things are not quite right in front of goal for the Black Cats, they had 12 shots during the game, but just one solitary strike went on target, which Marc McNulty scored from, as per SofaScore.
Parkinson is right that players need to develop greater confidence in front of goal, but the only problem is that often comes through getting goals.
Considering the 5-0 win against Tranmere Rovers, it would have been thought that the team would have optimum belief when provided with scoring opportunities, but that isn’t proving to be the case, so this is certainly something that needs to change.
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