PDC bemoans lack of leaders
Paolo Di Canio bemoaned a lack of leaders in his Sunderland side as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at West Brom.
Di Canio's side started brightly in the first half but were soon behind through a goal from former player Stephane Sessegnon, but Di Canio pinpointed the second-half injury to Steven Fletcher as the turning point.
"We dominated for 20 minutes," Di Canio told Sky Sports. "The first ball in our box results in a goal. A striker alone in front of my goalkeeper.
"Then we tried to come back and created two clear chances. Fletcher then got the injury, and that is the moment we sink."
The Italian did not concentrate on Sessegnon's goal, despite the fall-out surrounding the Benin international's long-protracted move away from the Stadium of Light this summer.
"It's not hard," he said. "We decided to sell, he's just another player. It's a part of the game. You sell players and bring in players."
On Sunderland's poor start to the season, Di Canio highlighted a lack of 'nastiness' and desire from his players.
He added: "It's obvious that we're still not gelled together.
"We don't have many leaders in terms of desire. There's no desire to play with a premier style because it's difficult.
"We need to be more nasty."
Despite the Wearside club's difficult start, Di Canio remains unfazed over questions about his future.
He continued: "We had our chances. We missed our chances. We conceded two very silly goals. It's hard and it's tough, but as a strong man like I am, my head is always up.
"It depends on the players. I hope that they can keep going and gel together, and start scrapping. In this moment it's crucial to get some results."
Fletcher's second-half injury meant that Sunderland had to carry on in the second half with just 10 men, with the Scotsman worryingly stretchered off.
"Now we send him to the hospital for a proper check," said Di Canio. "There's a problem in his shoulder, so we'll see in the next few hours."