Sam Allardyce pleased with response of Sunderland defence to his management

Sunderland have looked far more secure defensively since Sam Allardyce was appointed as manager.

Sam Allardyce has told Sunderland’s official website that the club’s defenders have responded well to his management.

The Black Cats have tightened up considerably under Allardyce’s stewardship, and they have adapted well to the 61-year-old’s tactics so far.

Allardyce has deployed a 3-5-2 formation at the Stadium of Light as his go-to system, and it seems to be suiting his players.

Even though the Black Cats lost 3-1 against Arsenal in their latest outing, there were clear improvements on display at the Emirates Stadium.

And Allardyce said: “I’ve had a really good response when it comes to the defence.

“Even though we got beat 3-1, you look at the situation and say defensively we can’t have been so good but as we know, the last goal was only a minute from the end when we were going all out to try and get the equaliser.

“We could have done better on the first two goals but that’s Arsenal for you. It’s pleasing from a defensive point of view with the back-three but also pleasing with attacking too, with the wing-backs getting forward when we were in possession.”

Sunderland have generally looked far more secure under Allardyce’s stewardship, and they have started to pick up wins on a more regular basis.

The Black Cats have won three of the seven matches that the former West Ham United boss has taken charge of, but they still remain in the relegation zone.

Sunderland are currently perched in 19th place in the Premier League table, but a win over Watford at the weekend could carry them out of the bottom three.

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