Turner bemoans slow starts

The Black Cats found themselves on the back foot inside the opening

minute at Arsenal on Sunday, with Robin van Persie breaking the

deadlock after just 29 seconds. Steve Bruce’s side were able to

pull themselves level through Sebastian Larsson’s spectacular

free-kick, but were then guilty of wasting a number of

opportunities before seeing van Persie lash home late on. A

disjointed showing in north London arrived on the back of a 2-2

draw with West Brom before the international break that saw the

Baggies take a two-goal lead inside five minutes. Turner forms part

of a back four that has been caught napping too often this season

and he concedes the mistakes need to be eradicated if Sunderland

are to pull away from the lower reaches of the Premier League

table. “It’s a big game now for us on Saturday and we go to Bolton

needing to put in a performance, like we did for periods of

yesterday’s match,” he told the Sunderland Echo. “I’m sure we can

and then we’ll start getting results. Before we went out yesterday,

we said that we needed to have a good start and keep them quiet.

“It’s bitterly disappointing to concede so early in the game – that

can’t keep happening. “We need to put that right straight away,

starting with Bolton.” Turner believes the Black Cats were

unfortunate to leave the Emirates empty-handed over the weekend,

having seen Jack Colback and Lee Cattermole go close after

Larsson’s leveller, but admits they ultimately shot themselves in

the foot. He added: “We feel like we could have won the game,

certainly after the first half when we weathered the early storm.

We played some good stuff and created the best three chances of the

game. “We were disappointed we didn’t come in leading, although

we’d have probably taken a draw going in after the first 20

minutes. “It was a wonderful free-kick from Seb. Everyone knows

he’s capable of that and we created a couple of good chances that

fell to Jack and Catts. It’s disappointing we couldn’t put one of

them away. “In the second half, we knew they’d have more of the

possession, but we were fairly comfortable in terms of them

creating chances. “We restricted them to long-range efforts and a

few free-kicks, one of which we’ve eventually been undone by. We

said during the second half that we needed to stop giving away the

free-kicks before they put one in the top corner. “It’s obviously

disappointing that we’ve come away with nothing.”