McCarthy full of praise for DJ
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy was full of praise for DJ Campbell.
Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy was full of praise for Brentford striker DJ Campbell, but furious with his players for their below-par performance.
Campbell struck twice to send The Black Cats crashing out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage and it was no more than the League One promotion chasers deserved.
McCarthy was upset with his team's poor defending but did not want to take too much away from the Bees striker.
"Absolutely, I can't praise him highly enough," said McCarthy afterwards. "Both finishes were fantastic but it was awful defending by us.
"It was dreadful defending. It sounds like I'm criticising them [Brentford] but he was fantastic all day and caused us loads of problems. His two finishes were excellent but I don't think they should have got the opportunity.
"It's not going to get any better. The only bright point was Kevin Kyle's return. He hasn't set the world on fire, but you wouldn't expect it after 18 months out.
"To have him back fit, playing and in the team regularly will be a huge bonus for all of us.
"If we take a slap like that, there's no complaints with them beating us from their point of view. No complaints with the referee or anything else except my players and the way we've performed.
"Not to take anything away from Brentford, they were better than us.
"We can't perform like that. If we do, then it will be a tough end to the season for us."