Moyes leaps to Kone’s defense

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David Moyes has come to the defense of centre-back Lamine Kone after criticism of the Ivorian's performances for Sunderland so far this season.

Kone was arguably one of the main reasons behind the Black Cats' Premier League survival last season. This time around, though, the Ivorian has been performing below his best, and during this week's Monday Night Football programme, Jamie Carragher ripped into his performance against Arsenal last week.

"I think he was a man mountain last season, him and Jermain Defoe. They virtually kept them up," Carragher said.

"But he's nowhere near where he needs to be and he's causing Sunderland no end of problems. (It was a) lazy performance against Arsenal. (He was) not interested in doing his job properly."

Speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's clash with Bournemouth, Moyes said he didn't watch the show but knew of the former Liverpool defender's comments.

"I actually didn't see the programme. We have been doing that with Lamine every day since I came in," Moyes said.

"And I'm surprised that it hasn't been noticed much sooner.

"It has happened in every single game, the same scenarios are happening in every game.

"But because it gets flagged up by somebody of that ilk, then everybody says it. We have been in the video room, we are on the training ground constantly to try and get his body position right, the right spaces.

"I think if you look through a lot of our goals you would see similarities in quite a lot of the situations."