Sunderland star Fletcher on Poyet's change of tactics - did he enjoy them?

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Sunderland played with two up front against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has told the Chronicle that he enjoyed playing in tandem with Jermain Defoe this weekend. 

Fletcher has regularly been selected as a lone striker for the Black Cats this season, but Gus Poyet changed his system to accommodate new arrival Defoe in the team and the tactical tweak seemed to go down well.

Sunderland operated with a 3-5-2 formation during their match against Tottenham Hotspur and, although it didn't help them grab a victory, Fletcher still appreciated having a partner to work with. 

“It was good,” he said. “Obviously we got a bit more space.

“When there is one up front you are surrounded by three men and we just thought it was better for me and Jermain to get some more space so hopefully in games to come..."

Sunderland were vastly improved against Spurs, with their new-found attacking intent helping them create considerably more chances than they had managed in any game of late. 

A 2-1 defeat ended up being a slightly harsh reflection of the way the match had gone for them, but the performance will at least have offered Poyet encouragement for the future. 

Fletcher has scored four times to date this season, but he will feel that with more opportunities being made for him he has the ability to increase this total considerably. 

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