"Kevin Ball" is an English former footballer who holds the position of senior professional development coach at Sunderland A.F.C./Sunderland.

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The way I look at it, I'm aware of it - other than that, that's it. I just focus on the game and that's the most important thing because if we get the right result it doesn't matter does it?

I have the utmost respect for him. The booing did not affect his game and he just got on with it. He came to see me on Monday and said he wanted to play in the reserves to keep fit and be ready when needed. That's the sort of attitude that is needed at this football club.

We have to step back and try to understand. I asked the big man why he did it, and he said it was just a reaction. I told him that it was a reaction that had cost us a goal and a point, but I also said he'll learn from it. I did that once here when I played for Portsmouth, and the coach at the time, Frank Burrows, told me I'd learn from it and I did.

We didn't come here to make the numbers up, we came here to have a go. We even had opportunities to win the game.

Mike had no choice but to call the game off in the end. I was standing in the technical area and at times I couldn't see across the pitch.

Steve returned to full training (on Tuesday) and it's nice to see him back. He will be available for the Manchester United game.

The way they played was magnificent. We didn't come to make up the numbers.