English Premiership

Mannone wants to reimburse fans

2014-10-20 09:58
Vito Mannone (Supplied)
Vito Mannone (Supplied)
Cape Town - Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone says that the club's players should reimburse the fans who travelled to see them lose 8-0 to Southampton on Saturday.

The Black Cats produced a dismal display at the St Mary's Stadium that included countless defensive howlers, including two own-goals, one of which was a volley from 18-yards out.

Some 2,500 fans made the 700-mile journey to the South Coast, and Mannone believes that the players should cover their costs.

"I will personally talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay for their tickets and their trip," he said.

"I really mean that we should pay their tickets and travel.

"We should do it because we didn't put a foot in, we didn't work hard. We started the game well but after we conceded we threw in the towel and I include myself.

"It is difficult for us but it's very difficult for them as well. It is a difficult moment."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet described the defeat, in which his team made a string of defensive howlers, as his "most embarrassing experience" on a football pitch.

While there was little Mannone could have done about the spectacular Santiago Vergini own goal which opened the scoring, the Italian could have been blamed for at least three, most notably when he cleared the ball straight to Dusan Tadic for the sixth.

"We have to remember how embarrassed we felt and take some anger from this game into the next one and produce a performance," Mannone said.

"We have to do it for ourselves, for the club and for our great fans as well that came all that way."

Sunderland host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

Wigan Athletic's players offered to refund the price of the match ticket to travelling fans when they lost 9-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in 2009.

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