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Sunderland had 'honest words at half-time' during win v Plymouth

Jack Clarke celebrates with team mates after scoring for Sunderland v Plymouth Argyle
Jack Clarke celebrates with team mates after scoring for Sunderland v Plymouth Argyle

Michael Beale has spoken to BBC Radio Newcastle's Sunderland commentator Nick Barnes after the Black Cats' 3-1 win v Plymouth Argyle:

"We only played in one half if we're honest. We started the game well but we really fell. Too many individual errors.

"We went really bold and attacking with the line-up and it certainly in terms of cohesion early in the game, I wasn't pleased with our pressing and the team wasn't.

"We had some honest words at half-time. Got out early for the second half and I thought from the moment second half, we were much better. Much, much better.

"We scored three excellent goals. I thought it was a game, all four goals were all good weren't they? But our three, I'm absolutely delighted with and we're mixing around the goal scorers now.

"That's the second home game that we've scored three goals. Six in the last two home games. Huge positive for us."

Beale added, "We went and pressed.

"Trai Hume's jumping out of his slot to go and press, and the fans get with that and Naz [Rusyn] ran tirelessly in the game. Didn't get any reward for it other than the team win.

"He didn't get any personal reward for it but I thought his energy was fantastic and the goals that we scored, all three of them were special goals and they're big moments.

"That 15-20 minute spell, we looked a really good team so it's incredible how we can be how we were in the first half and how good we were in the second half but that's what I suppose it's like managing a young team at times.

"I just said to them in there, really, really important win because you see where it's taken us in the league tonight."

Listen to the full interview here.