Date: 27th February 2017 at 9:25pm
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Striker Jermain Defoe has said that Sunderland’s players simply have to stick together following defeat to Everton at the weekend.

Making the trip to Goodison Park, Sunderland were on the wrong end of a two nil loss with Defoe coming the closest as his effort cannoned off the woodwork.

With 14 goals to his name so far this season, the 34 year old told the Official Site that we lacked an element of luck on the day as had his effort gone in, we might have taken a point from the encounter.

As it was a few minutes later Everton picked up their second and brought the game to a close.

‘We knew it was going to be a tough game because they`re a very good team, but we`re disappointed because we wanted to come here and put in a good performance. We wanted to try and get something out of the game and we`re disappointed with both of the goals we conceded, but it`s important we move on and stick together like I always say.’

The former England international went on to say of his own major chance in the second half.

‘It happened so quickly and when it bounced down off the crossbar I thought it had bounced in, but it wasn`t meant to be. When the ball hits the woodwork you need a bit of luck – it can go in or drop to one of our players – but it bounced a little too high for Fabio and from the corner they break and score.’

Adding.

‘They had that luck because Bryan did so well to match Lukaku`s strength and get a nick on it, but it`s ricocheted off him and gone in. You need that little bit of luck and we didn`t get it.’

Manchester City on home soil next Sunday isn’t going to particularly be any easier but many would certainly take a point from that encounter.

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