Moyes laments threadbare Sunderland squad

"People will be flat because they're hoping that something is going to dramatically change". We've got to get the balance right and get the right players at the right price in the transfer market.

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"We hope things off the pitch will improve", said the Scot.

"I'm in the camp where I don't think he should have said that", he told Sky Sports Now.

Cape Town - David Moyes says his Sunderland side are down to the "bare bones" and need to strengthen before the end of the transfer window. We didn't really have a central midfield player left after that, and we didn't have a centre-half either. We could have pushed on but credit to Sunderland, they came back into it, but it's a massive three points for us.

There were mitigating factors - Moyes was without the services of Lamine Kone, Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff, Billy Jones, Fabio Borini and Sebastian Larsson through injury and lost skipper John O'Shea before the break.

The Black Cats now face a race against the clock to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes with the manager admitting recruiting the right men at the right price is proving hard.

Moyes acknowledged it is a hard situation to manage but took some positives from their defeat, with Van Aanholt halving the deficit in an improved second half after Stuani's double had put Boro two up.

I thought we didn't deserve to be 2-0 down at half time; there was some poor defending on some occasions and their first goal was really good, however, before then Middlesbrough had barely been up the park.

Boro made it four points from their two games since returning to the Premier League by beating their North-East rivals, with Cristhian Stuani getting both goals at the Stadium of Light. "It's easily said, but it's not that easy to do, and the prices, as you can imagine, are a bit more than they have been in the past". We have so any young boys and are at the bare bones.

"In the City game, we saw good things; in this game in the second half, you saw good things, so the only thing you need to do is do well for yourself and for this team and for the club".

"He's talked to me a lot and I've learnt a lot since he's come in, and it's also been a great experience training with Jermain [Defoe] who keeps telling me to work hard".

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