Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has told the Sunderland Echo that Dick Advocaat prepared the team well for their game against Newcastle United this weekend.
Sunderland beat their near neighbours 1-0, with Defoe's stunning volley the difference between the two teams, and the experienced forward believes the tactical work the Dutchman did on the training ground benefitted his side.
Advocaat deployed a system which utilised all three of Sunderland's strikers and Defoe thinks it had a great impact because of the work put in behind the scenes.
“Credit to the boys and the manager, who has put in a lot of work in training on how we’re going to play," he said. "Everything just seemed to click and we deserved it.”
It is encouraging that Defoe should be saying that Advocaat's methods are working already, as he has had a very short amount of time in charge.
The benefit of his leadership was on full display though as Sunderland largely dominated the match against Newcastle and they thoroughly deserved the victory which they picked up.
The Black Cats rarely looked threatened by Newcastle and they showed more attacking quality throughout the match.
Indeed, Advocaat may feel that their 1-0 win wasn't a fair reflection on the dominance they had over the fixture, but Sunderland won't be too bothered about that right now.
The win over Newcastle puts the Wearsiders three points above the drop-zone and the mood around the Stadium of Light has been lifted considerably, with momentum starting to build.