Alan Shearer right to brand Sunderland players "lazy" - David Moyes

Jessica Allison
May 16, 2017

David Moyes has said playing Sunderland's "kids" against Arsenal "won't be a problem" as the relegated side continues to struggle with a number of first-team injuries. I don't think any player goes out to perform like that.

In Moyes' defence, he replaced Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light at a time when Short was looking to rein in spending amid mounting debts and hoping to offload a business which has become increasingly dependent upon his financial largesse.

While the results of those games matter little considering Sunderland are already heading for the Championship, David Moyes would undoubtedly have liked to field the Belgium worldwide in those fixtures, having relied on him heavily throughout the season.

Moyes was left disappointed by the performance and physical output against Swansea and has challenged his players to stand up and be counted, as he believes they did in Sunderland's last away game, the 2-0 win over Hull City.

His summer rebuilding work was conducted hurriedly and increasingly desperately and with funding drying up, he found himself shopping in the bargain basement.

Asked whether he thought it had been a disgusting first season at Sunderland, the former Everton boss admitted that everyone at the club was very disappointed.

"It's a big game for Arsenal and that'll make it hard for us, but they also have an FA Cup final to look forward to". "At the moment, the players we're using are way, way off that level, not anywhere near close to the same level".

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He said: "I came here knowing exactly what the task was going to be".

He said: "It's not the fans who have been on the pitch this season, we have had tremendous support throughout my six years here even though there have not been enough highlights".

"It's not for me to say here [what the problems are], it's for everyone connected to the club to look at". "I didn't know exactly what was going to happen behind the scenes".

"David Moyes and Ellis Short have been criticised this season and deservedly so but the players should be criticised", Shearer said on Match of the Day. This is the only anomaly where it hasn't happened.

"I think everyone needs to look at it as an opportunity to get things right for the future".

Moyes then tellingly added: "I'm more concerned that I've now got others who are saying they are injured as well".

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