Sunderland boss Mowbray: We dominated from start to finish in the Lions’ Den

Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray felt his side “dominated from start to finish” against Millwall in yesterday’s 1-1 draw.

The Black Cats were forced to come from behind to earn a point at The Den after Kevin Nisbet had given Millwall a half-time lead.

Jack Clarke’s second-half penalty – his 10th goal of the season – secured a point for Mowbray’s men.

“We dominated the game from start to finish, apart from the last 10 minutes,” said Mowbray.

“We don’t look like we are going to score a goal – but we can control a game. Their isolated breakaways were okay, that’s what they can do. We dominated for long spells without looking like we were going to score.

“We don’t look like we are going to score a goal, why’s that? I think it’s because we’ve got young attacking players, inexperienced attacking players, who are not really ready to play for our team and yet we have to play them. We are playing them, and we are not suffering with results but we are trying to develop them and get them up to speed with being a striker in the Championship.

“I’m pleased with the team. If you come to Millwall and allow them to have any level of possession they are going to pump the ball into your box and they are going to have lots of opportunities. They know how to play and how to get the ball in good areas.

“Inside the first 10 seconds they had a long throw come into our box. It’s what happens when you come to Millwall and it’s what’s expected. You must be able to stand up and deal with it. I thought [Dan] Ballard dealt with [Jake] Cooper amazingly well today.

“I felt we genuinely controlled the match but without having a cutting edge and looking like we were going to score. We did have chances, Ballard maybe should have scored, obviously Jack had the penalty but not enough shots or end product.”

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