London - Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat said he was
considering changing his defensive strategy against Swansea on Saturday after
his side conceded seven goals in their opening two Premier League games.
Sunderland, who scrapped through the relegation battle last
season to finish 16th, have lost both their league matches and find themselves
at the bottom of the league table.
Advocaat admitted he had no clue why his team's defence was
"I didn't want to change the back-line already after
one game," the 67-year-old manager was quoted as saying by the Sunderland
"But at the moment, there are players playing who I
can't understand why they are playing that way. I cannot understand it,
honestly. But there must be a reason and I hope that they can tell me."
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The Sunderland full-backs have come under heavy criticism
from the media, especially left-back Patrick van Aanholt who was continuously
targeted by both Leicester City and Norwich City.
Advocaat refused to blame his full backs but admitted he
needed to change a few tactics and switch to a more defensive strategy.
"I spoke to the players and told them that we like
full-backs, who if the possibility comes, they go forward. But I've changed
that. I've now set up a different way," the former Netherlands manager
"The first way for the back four is now defence. And
then the opponent cannot get the kind of space they got at Leicester.
"Take care of your man, and beside that, if you can do
a little bit more, then go forwards, otherwise not. We have to change the basic
Defender Billy Jones also expressed his disappointment but
said he was keen to get back to winning ways, starting by making a statement
"Obviously I'm just massively disappointed because
we've let ourselves down again," the 28-year-old said of his club's loss
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb being 2-0 down
at half-time through two disappointing goals from our point of view.
"The only way we can kick start it (our season) is by
winning games and we've got a massive chance to do that against Swansea.
"Obviously everyone knows what a good team Swansea are
so that'll be a statement in itself to beat them on our home turf and beat them
with a good performance."For
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