Moyes not giving up on Sunderland's survival

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David Moyes says Seb Larsson's red card changed the course of yesterday's game against Manchester United - but refused to use it as an excuse for another Sunderland defeat.

Peter Reid has blamed the pessimism of Sunderland manager David Moyes for the reason his former club are "going down with a whimper".

"I'm feeling downbeat obviously, it's not a good result", added Anichebe, who has been missing with a knee injury. "Except for the clinical finishing I don't think you'd see that much difference".

The goal-shy Black Cats remain 10 points from Premier League safety after three defeats in little more than a week, but, with just seven games left to play, there remains little sign of hope of a revival.

The decision baffled Moyes and Sunderland are expected to appeal the straight red card.

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"We keep going. We have another home game next Saturday and we have to try and win it", Moyes said. Sunderland didn't get a kick before the ball found its way to Mkhitaryan inside the penalty area, with the Armenian talking full advantage of the space he was granted to slot inside the far post and deal the hosts a coup de grâce. There's no contact at all, so it's not even a booking.

Receiving Ander Herrera's pass on the edge of the box with his back to the goal, the striker turned and sent in a low, curling shot that flew into the bottom corner in the 30th minute.

There's two fundamental problems with this Sunderland team - they concede bad goals and they can't score any. "But going 2-0 down gives you a mountain to climb, especially against a team like Manchester United".

In a candid interview in the Sunderland Echo, Anichebe, who has just returned from injury was critical of the Black Cats' squad, who face an nearly impossible task of preserving their Premier League status.

He said: "It's hard, but that's life, that's football". "We need to improve together as a team and we need to keep fighting. That seems to be what happens when you are not doing so well". They come in their thousands to support us every single week, even though times are really hard. He never got started this season, but when he did come in he made a big impact for us.

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