Sam Allardyce says that Sunderland must be careful of playing “complicated” football.
Allardyce believes that his players should avoid trying to play their way out of defence, instead looking long. The keen observer knows what that means: Welcome to hoofball.
“At this level why complicate the game and overplay?” Big Sam said.
“When you are struggling put the ball in the opposition’s half with a bit of quality, squeeze up away from your own goal and press them to try and win the ball back.
“That relieves the pressure, the closer they get to our goal the more the nerves jangle.”
This comes after quotes from Allardyce after the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in which he defended his decision not to push for a victory for fear of losing the game.
There’s little doubt that he’s really going back to basics to try and win this survival battle. Expect peak Allardyce.
Pantilimon: "I was aware of how Allardyce was like, I got a phone call from Razvan Rat (ex West Ham) and he told me what to expect" (Digi)
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