Sunderland Echo Column: Lack of quality in final third is costing Sunderland

Today’s piece comes from Stephen Goldsmith.


If the 2014/15 season ends up with Sunderland being relegated, the four words engraved on their metaphorical Premier League headstone would be: Lack. Of. Cutting. Edge.


After the stalemate at Villa Park, Gus Poyet rejected the idea that his players try and “walk the ball into the net” and instead theorised that they simply make the wrong choices in the final third.


It amounts to the same thing really, in that a lack of quality is absent in the final third to make something happen.


This is a point reiterated by the gaffer through, often scrutinised, post match ramblings following disappointing results.


Whichever way you decide to translate these comments made by Gus, it’s a fact as obvious as to which is Billy Jones’ weaker foot – it stares everyone in the face.


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