Sunderland Echo Column: Sunderland tuning up to hit high note

Today’s piece comes from Craig Clark.


WHEN Jermain Defoe buried Sunderland’s second goal on Saturday, you could feel a weight lift around the Stadium of Light as a city breathed a sigh of relief.


A league home win at last!


The previous one, a 3-1 victory over Stoke City – can you remember it? – felt like a lifetime ago and, after disappointing results and performances on home soil against the likes of Fulham and Hull City, this was was three much-needed points for Gus Poyet and his men.


After tinkering with his side and moving to a back three in recent weeks, Poyet returned to a version of 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1 against Burnley, with Defoe leading the line and Connor Wickham tasked with providing physical support from wide areas.


Given how atrocious Burnley’s left-back Ben Mee had been in the reverse fixture, it was no surprise to see Wickham nominally start from the right, where he was able to make his presence felt.


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