JACK Colback says Sunderland must look to control the game as much as possible at Villa Park tomorrow using Gus Poyet’s brand of patient, passing football.
The midfielder feels the way the Uruguayan wants his team to play may actually suit the Black Cats more away from home than it does at the Stadium of Light.
And the 24-year-old, who has been involved in every one of Sunderland’s Premier League games this season, believes the new style is also well suited to his own particular strengths.
“I’m relishing the way we’re wanting to play now to be honest,” he told the Echo.
“It’s a style I haven’t really played under before but it’s a style that I think most footballers should want to pursue - it’s all about keeping the ball and dictating player and creating chances.
“And I think the more and more we get used to it the better we will be at putting it into practice.”
Sunderland were a goal behind to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium last weekend when the game was completely changed by Wes Brown’s wrongful 36th minute sending off.
But up until that point, Sunderland had largely bossed the game and Charlie Adam’s opener had come against the run of play.
And Colback is hopeful his side can continue their policy of containment on their travels.
He said: “Home fans expect their team to come out, be dominant and be creating plenty of chances and that’s completely understandable.
“It may take a bit of time for our fans to get used to us playing that way, even though it has brought us wins over Newcastle and Manchester City.
“But away from home I think it is ideal because we can just concentrate on keeping the ball and controlling the game without feeling any pressure.
“And if we do that successfully it will frustrate the home crowd and increase our chances of getting the points we need away from home.
“The style is all about being confident in possession, about not being afraid to hold on to the ball when you have it, but also about looking to use it well and effectively when you go on the attack.”