Ginge – It feels like a defeat


  • James Collins was left disappointed after conceding a late equaliser against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light
  • The defender thought he was to be the matchwinner after flicking home a header to make it 2-1 in the second half
  • But Fabio Borini snatched a late second for the Black Cats to make it 2-2 in the north east

James Collins admitted West Ham United’s 2-2 draw at Sunderland felt like a defeat after the Black Cats scored a late equaliser to steal a point on Saturday.

The Hammers twice took the lead on Wearside, with Ginge bagging what the visitors thought was the winner when he headed home two minutes into the second half.

But Fabio Borini’s 90th-minute strike earned the struggling hosts a point and piled on the frustration for Slaven Bilic and West Ham.

Andre Ayew fired in just five minutes into the contest in the north east to send the visiting supporters into raptures, but Whabi Khazri equalised halfway through the opening period.

After twice throwing away the lead, it proved to be a frustrating afternoon for the Hammers and Collins.

He said: “We’re disappointed. To concede a late goal is always disappointing. I thought we were reasonably comfortable after we scored the second goal, and it feels more like a loss after that late goal. But a point’s a point.

“To score two away from goals, it should be enough. We didn’t defend either goal as well as we should have done. We’re just disappointed that we haven’t come away with three points.

“We need to have a good week’s training and put it behind us and take the point. Away from home anywhere we can say is a good point.”

Ginge flicked home his second goal of the season just after the break at the Stadium of Light, and despite the disappointing climax to proceedings up north, was pleased to get on the scoresheet.

“It’s always nice to score, but I’d have taken a 1-0 and someone else scored than scoring and eventually drawing,” the centre-back continued. “If we’d have held on to win it would have been doubly as enjoyable.

“We’re on 37 points now. I’ve just said, we’re looking up. We know we have the squad and the team to move up the league and finish as high as we can. We’re going to have to put today behind us.

“I don’t think we’ve ever been in real danger of ever looking like we’re getting relegated so we’ll look forward rather than back.

“I’ve probably made more mistakes than anyone in the dressing room over my career, so when we make them, we have to put them out of mind and move on.”