Sunderland boss Di Canio urges boo-boys to lay off Ji Dong-won

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio defended Ji Dong-won after hooking him during their Capital One Cup win over MK Dons. Di Canio has urged fans to get off the South Korea striker's back.

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio defended Ji Dong-won after hooking him during their Capital One Cup win over MK Dons.

Di Canio has urged fans to get off the South Korea striker's back.

“He’s a very good quality player but it is difficult for him to play in this environment where every mistake causes a reaction.

“I understand how the fans fell because I was fan once.

“But I cannot fault his attitude – he gives everything in training and he’s technically a very good player – and I need to build his belief.

“This wasn’t a good game for him and he knows that as a striker he has to hold on to the ball better and look to play it simple.

“But he could still be an important player for us.”

 
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