The Sunderland head coach, David Moyes, has disclosed to fans and players that Super Eagles striker Victor Anichebe’s injury at Burnley on New Year’s eve is the reason why his side is struggling to score goals, as Anichebe’s build-up play was crucial to his side’s verve in the attacking third.
“We may have to play a little bit on the counter-attack and play quite fast football. We spoke to the players about it and I think they understand.”
“We’re trying to get more balls in the box, more people in the box. It’s the only way we’re going to score goals. As well as, say, Adnan (Januzaj) or Fabio (Borini) and Jermain (Defoe), we’re trying to get some of the midfield players further up.
“Ndong got himself a goal [at Selhurst Park], albeit from outside the box. We’re having to really try and find a way.
“I think so [3-5-2 being a solution]. What I do think is it will change. It will change again because of what the opposition can do to you, maybe you’re chasing a game and you need to do it in a different way, you need to look at different things.
“But I think when we lost Victor (Anichebe), that was the key to it. We needed to keep looking for another way to get up the pitch, to have two forwards playing and not to be too exposed defensively. Because we had been making mistakes and conceding goals, I had to make sure we could shore it up a little bit as well.”