Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has told the Northern Echo he’ll look at maintaining the system that got the side a point in the game against West Brom last weekend.
The Black Cats look determined and solid as they secured a 0-0 draw against the Baggies, who went into the game after a big win against West Ham.
Sunderland looked more compact and more determined than they have done in recent matches and the manager seems determined to box up the things that went right and take them forward.
“It was a new way of playing. I thought the fans liked it and the players gave everything. It was a new way of thinking so I’m going to analyse it and look at it for the future,” said Poyet.
“I think in the beginning of the game the idea was simple. Let’s not put ourselves into any kind of problem.”
Perhaps the main reason Sunderland fans were pleased with the performance is because the team didn’t fold as they did at home against QPR and then against Bradford in the FA Cup.
Sunderland went back to basics, defended properly and will feel a little aggrieved they didn’t get over the winning line because the attack looked lively at times during the game.
They need to focus on the things they did well against the Baggies because they are going to be fully tested this weekend against Manchester United.
If Poyet can keep the players motivated and make training a fun environment this week then the side will fancy their chances of causing an upset this weekend although it will be a huge ask of the team.