Sam Allardyce says what he'll tell the Sunderland squad ahead of West Bromwich Albion match

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Sunderland take on West Bromwich Albion in Premier League action on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce has told Sunderland's official site that he plans to warn his team about West Bromwich Albion's tactics, ahead of the match between the two sides this weekend.

Allardyce will take charge of Sunderland for the first time at the Hawthorns, and he is wary of the threat that the Baggies carry.

Tony Pulis has made Albion a very organised team, and Allardyce feels that patience will be vital for his team on Saturday. 

"Tactically we have to be sound a solid," he said. "I know Tony extremely well, and he works his team exceptionally well. They will be tight at the back, and they have conceded very few goals.

"I'm going to tell the team that they are going to have be careful and patient. They can't get sucked into what Tony's tactics might be, by trying to suck us in and hit us on the break.

"I have little time to get those tactics across, as some of the players are still not here. But we can do some brief understanding of West Brom's tactics."

Sunderland will be looking to Allardyce to inspire them to their first victory in the Premier League this season.

The Black Cats have been in woeful form since the campaign begun, and they have only managed to collect three points from their first eight games so far

One of the major reasons behind this has been their terrible defensive record, which has seen them concede 18 times already.

It leaves Allardyce with an obvious area to improve, and the 60-year-old will realise the importance of tightening up the gaps in Sunderland's back-line quickly, if he is to move them away from relegation trouble. 

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