Sunderland Echo Column: No need for defensive midfield role in new Sunderland set-up

Today’s piece comes from Craig Clark.


LOOKING around at some of the weekend results in the FA Cup, perhaps we should count ourselves lucky to still be in the competition.


Manchester City and Chelsea exited against lower-league opposition, while Manchester United and Liverpool have been forced to replay against similarly modest sides. In that context, our draw with Fulham on Saturday doesn’t look quite so bad.


However, those sides all have bigger fish to fry; Manchester City and Chelsea both have Champions League football to contend with, as well as Premier League title challenges to mount.


Sunderland, on the other hand, are in the midst of a dismal run of form, which has seen Gus Poyet’s “work in progress” get dragged perilously close to the relegation zone. Context isn’t always set in stone.


Against Fulham in Saturday’s fourth round tie, Poyet undid much of the good work he began the previous week at Tottenham Hotspur.


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