Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has told the Chronicle that he felt his side made vast improvements in their match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
The Black Cats were beaten 2-1 by Spurs, but they gave their high-flying hosts an almighty scare and Rodwell was pleased with the attacking threat they showed.
The signing of Jermain Defoe saw Gus Poyet deploy a 3-5-2 formation at White Hart Lane and Rodwell felt that there were noticeable improvements in his side's game as a result.
“We found out on the morning of the game what formation we were going to play," he said.
“We’d looked at it earlier in the week when we’d worked on two different formations. It worked all right.
“I think we created the most chances we’ve created in a long time. We can only get better. Now we’ve got Jermain up front hopefully the goals will come. That’s the main thing we’ve been lacking this season, goals.”
Rodwell started in the fixture and his performance in the heart of the midfield suggested that he is starting to get to grips with life in the side.
The England international has made a slow start to his Sunderland career since joining from Manchester City for a fee reported by the Daily Mail as £10 million, but encouraging signs have been seen in his game recently.
Rodwell is clearly a talent and, although he still hasn't found top gear at the Stadium of Light, he is likely to be a key player for the Wearsiders between now and the end of the season as they battle against the drop.