He told the Sunderland Echo: “You can’t just say, ‘It’s not bad, it’s not bad’. No, it is bad, so let’s get going and work hard for each other. “You need to raise your concerns because it’s easy to applaud and say everything is all right. It’s much harder to talk about things and what you did wrong. “We had a very good meeting on Sunday and the coach stressed that above all else, we need to be defensively solid before we attack. “It was good to talk. I can understand what was being said, even if I can’t speak the language yet. But you need to speak about the difficulties.” Press Association Sunday’s regular debrief after a Barclays Premier League fixture took on a very different complexion this week after the 67-year-old Dutchman asked his players for their views as to what had gone wrong in the opening two fixtures, which have left the Black Cats pointless and facing a backlash from fans. But M’Vila, who was handed a debut against the Canaries following his season-long loan move from Rubin Kazan, insists the discussions were constructive and positive. Sunderland new boy Yann M’Vila has lifted the lid on the cards-on-the-table talks head coach Dick Advocaat ordered in the wake of his side’s tame surrender against Norwich.
AN UNBEATEN 84-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Adam Ball and wicketkeeper Adam Rouse sealed a four-wicket win for Kent Spitfires on Tuesday night, after Calum Haggett (4-59) and Imran Qayyum (3-42) had restricted Windward Islands Volcanoes to 241 for 9.Having been put in to bat, Windward Islands Volcanoes were struggling at 91 for 5, with Haggett and Qayyum having taken four of the five wickets at this stage.Sunil Ambris’ 69-ball 50 – his third fifty-plus score in four matches – pushed the score to 241 with help from the lower order, particularly Windwards captain Liam Sebastien (32), seamer Kyle Mayers (37 not out) and Darren Sammy (23).Kent captain Sam Northeast’s 49 and his 60-run partnership for the second wicket with opener Sean Dickson (36) stabilised Kent quickly after the fall of Daniel Bell-Drummond.Volcanoes staged a fightback in the middle overs, claiming three wickets for 18 runs at one stage but Ball and Rouse squashed the opposition’s chances with a rapid partnership that came off 74 balls. Ball was unbeaten on 40 off 46, while Rouse scored 36 off 37 as Kent reached the target with 23 balls to spare.WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOEST. Theophile c Thomas b Qayyum 17J. Charles c & b Haggett 17D. Smith c wkp. Rouse b Haggett 0A. Fletcher c Blake b Gidman 33S. Ambris c Ball b Qayyum 50K. Hodge c wkp. Rouse b Qayyum 7L. Sebastien c Qayyum b Stevens 32D. Sammy c Ball b Haggett 23K. Mayers not out 37S. Shillingford c Bell-Drummond b Haggett 6D. Johnson not out 6Extras: (b-4, lb-1, w-7, nb-1) 13Total: (9 wkts, 50 overs) 241Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-28, 3-64, 4-75, 5-91, 6-159, 7-180, 8-194, 9-230.Bowling: Thomas 10-1-48-0 (w-4), Haggett 10-2-59-4 (nb-1), Stevens 10-0-52-1 (w-3), Gidman 10-1-35-1, Qayyum 10-1-42-3.KENT SPITFIRESD. Bell-Drummond lbw b Johnson 7S. Dickson b Mayers 36S. Northeast lbw b Shillingford 49D. Stevens c D Sammy b Hodge 21W. Gidman b Hodge 19A. Blake b Shillingford 8A. Ball not out 40A. Rouse not out 36Extras: (b-4, lb-4, w-13, pen. 5) 26Total: (6 wkts, 46.1 overs) 242Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-74, 3-113, 4-140, 5-151, 6-158.Bowling: Hodge 10-0-41-2 (w-1), Johnson 6.1-0-33-1 (w-1), Mayers 9-1-51-2 (w-2), Sammy 3-0-18-0 (w-1), Sebastien 8-049-0 (w-3), Shillingford 10-0-36-2 (w-5).Points: Kent 4, Volcanoes 0.