“The good thing is that we tried to play football in the second half and had opportunities to score goals,” said the Dutchman. “That was the most important thing. We didn’t score, but creating is very important, in my opinion.”
With just 26 strikes to their name, Sunderland are the joint lowest top flight scorers along with Aston Villa and Burnley, and they will have to improve that tally if they intend to climb out of the relegation places as the season draws to a close.
As Advocaat highlights, the Black Cats actually did the hard work against Stoke last weekend, creating 15 chances and hitting the target an impressive five times. However, only Connor Wickham found the back of the net, and scoring goals has been the real weak point of their season.
Sunderland have only lost 13 games this term, which is the same number as Stoke in ninth place. However, they have also only won five, which is the joint lowest with bottom placed Burnley. They have proven time and again they have a good defence, but failing to net at the other end of the pitch could cost them their top flight status.
Yet, Advocaat was pleased with the chances created, and Sunderland started playing fairly expansive football in that tie. The Dutch coach is clearly keen to see this attacking football continue, and his desire for a side that creates chances and scorers goals means that Sunderland may start to play attacking football on a more consistent basis.
This should please Black Cats fans, who have been reduced to watching tepid football for much of the campaign with a number of draws being registered.
It may not be enough to keep the Wearside club in the top flight, but Advocaat’s admission that he is keen on attacking football proves that even if they do get relegated to the Championship, it will be done with style and flair as the hallmarks of the team.