Revealed: Why Didier Ndong was dropped for Sunderland v Burnley


Didier Ndong

Sunderland 0 – Burnley 0

Burnley picked up another rare point on the road in the Premier League last weekend when they registered a goalless draw at Sunderland.

The result was another nail in the coffin to Sunderland’s survival hopes as the Black Cats remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Sunderland only have 20 points on the board after 28 games, and they are two points behind Boro, four points behind Hull and seven points behind fourth-bottom Swansea.

Only a huge Sunderland optimist will think they can beat the drop.

Why Didier Ndong was dropped?

One of the surprise decisions for Sunderland against Burnley was the absence of Didier Ndong from the starting XI.

David Moyes opted to pick Jack Rodwell and Darron Gibson in central midfield instead. Ndong replaced Gibson in the latter stages of the match.

Asked about that decision after the game, Moyes explained his selection as follows:

I decided I wanted Jack and Gibbo together. I thought the game might suit more Britishness in the middle of the pitch.

I just felt I would go with that in the middle and the two boys up front.

So how did the Britishness work out?

Source: 101greatgoals