Sunderland boss Di Canio: My players are masochistic

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio has branded his players "masochistic" after their 1-1 draw with Stoke City. Sunderland survived Craig Gardner's dismissal to earn a valuable point.

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio has branded his players "masochistic" after their 1-1 draw with Stoke City.

Sunderland survived Craig Gardner's dismissal to earn a valuable point.

"In some way we are a masochistic team," said the Italian, who also saw Stephane Sessegnon sent off against Aston Villa last time out.

"It is a massive point for us but it wasn't easy. After 10 minutes we gave an easy goal away even if we knew before kick-off that they had five or six who are giants compared to our physical presence.

"The first corner kick we conceded we give a goal away. Then you saw Craig's bad challenge.

"We have to be careful and to handle our aggression. We have to make sure we don't repeat the same mistakes otherwise we are in real trouble."

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