Sunderland striker changes approach and highlights what his team do well

Sunderland's players have generally been focusing on the weaknesses in the squad this week.

Sunderland's players have been forthright in their assessment of the squad's weaknesses for much of the week so far, but Connor Wickham's quotes in the Sunderland Echo have shown a more positive outlook.

Jermain Defoe and Wickham have been critical of the team's attack in the Northern Echo over the past few days, but the 21-year-old was happier to focus on their strengths today.

Wickham believes that Sunderland are strong as a defensive unit and he praised how organised they have been this season.

“I think we’ve always been a difficult team to beat and it’s hard for teams to break us down," Wickham said.

“We’re solid, communicate well and move well as a team. Teams came here at the start of the season and we stopped them creating chances.

“It’s a case of us scoring first and if we can do that, I don’t think there’s any doubt that we can hold teams off."

Wickham's analysis of Sunderland's strengths does seem fair, as they have been tough to break down in most matches this campaign.

The Black Cats may have conceded eight goals in a heavy defeat to Southampton at the start of the season, but they have tightened up and proved difficult to beat.

Sunderland have lost just 10 games this term, which is the lowest total of any team in the bottom-half, and they can be heartened by this fact.

The problem for the Wearsiders is that they have struggled to turn draws into wins and unless they are able to start collecting three points on a more regular basis, it looks like they could be in for a nervy final few games of their season.

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