Last Updated: Fri, 03 May 2013 10:21
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has blamed complacency for Monday's 6-1 demolition by fellow strugglers Aston Villa.
The result at Villa Park was the biggest defeat of the season for the Black Cats and Di Canio held an inquest into the performance on the training ground on Tuesday.
He questioned each and every one of his players as to what they thought had gone wrong, and complacency after back-to-back wins, appears to have been the answer.
"On Tuesday, I wanted to test them," said Di Canio. "So I spoke to them all - young fella, adult fella, player with big background, player with smaller background, foreign players who maybe don't speak a lot. I told them to tell me what they think.
"They had to do that in front of their team-mates. It doesn't mean you point the finger at other people, but you have to give your opinion. There was a common ground there. Everybody had the same idea and opinion."
"It is clear that our poison was too much confidence. They were thinking, 'Now we are the best' - but that is not the case. There was a very deep analysis and a common view," the former Swindon boss added.
"We were stupid because we probably thought we were up after the weekend results. But I'm not worried about a repeat because in the next three games we are going to perform in the way we know we have to."
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