JACK ROSS accepted there is work ahead after suffering his first League One loss as Sunderland boss in the 2-1 defeat at Burton.
St Mirren’s former promotion-winning gaffer took over at the Stadium of Light in the summer following the Wearsiders’ second consecutive relegations.
Two early goals meant a blank day for the visitors and Ross admitted: “The first-half performance is one that if you replicate it it then you won’t win very many football matches at any level of the game.
“The second-half was better without being fluent, but, at least, we looked as though we were interested in winning the game.
“First-half was way below the standard that we need to be at to be successful, but it was my team, my selection and my preparation and it falls upon my shoulders to rectify that.
“It’s a real tough ask to come to any team and go two goals behind.”
Home gaffer Nigel Clough added: “It wasn’t always best quality at times, but but the endeavour and everything that went into the game the honesty shone out.
“I thought we should have won it more comfortably because of the start to the second-half. In that five or six minutes we should have scored a goal or two and put the game to bed.”