Lee Cattermole explains where Sunderland still need to improve

The midfielder believes Sunderland are doing everything right, except for one area.

Speaking to the official Black Cats website, Cattermole admitted that scoring goals and converting chances is still coming hard to Sunderland’s players.

The 27-year-old said: “We need to convert the chances we create and there is no point in playing well at this stage of the season if you don’t win games, so we need to get the ball in the back of the net.”

The Wearside club are the joint lowest goalscorers in the Premier League, and it is no surprise that their inability to find the back of the net is linked with their low placing in the league table.

Despite enjoying a strong campaign in the defensive side of the game, and securing the highest number of draws in the division, winning games has been hard to do for the Black Cats, and the inability to pick up three points was what cost Gus Poyet his job as head coach.

Since his departure, Dick Advocaat has come to the club and looks to be putting in the work on the training ground to improve the attacking play of his inherited squad. True, they still only have netted three times in his four games in charge, with only one win, but the actual play in the final third is vastly improved upon the predictable play seen during Poyet’s regime.

The Dutch coach has dropped the defensive 4-5-1 utilised by Poyet in favour of a much more attacking 4-3-3, with three forwards named in every starting line-up. Chances are being created on a much more consistent basis, and it is just the finishing that is yet to be improved.

With the attacking play improved, and the chances being created, surely it is just a matter of time before Sunderland start to find the back of the net on a consistent basis.

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