Due to the crippling injury crisis at Sunderland, Big Sam took a gamble and went with three at the back.
Obviously, it did not work.
However, I don’t think that this idea should be tossed away like an old carved pumpkin.
The reason, I believe, that Sam Allardyce has been so successful in the past is because he is a good man manager, and is able to bring out the best within the team he has available.
In our case, we have full-backs that do not defend very well, but they are fast and are an asset going forward.
We have some centre-backs that are not getting any younger, and need to stay at home.
We also have an abundance of midfielders and semi-flair forwards and wingers.
So to utilise what we have, Big Sam decided to go with a 3-4-1-2, which might work if we had the right players playing in the right places.
For a while on Sunday, it actually looked like it might just work, as we pressed higher and created several good chances (read hitting the upright twice) until our out-of-position centre-backs got caught out.
Maybe it was due to not having much practice time.
I feel that once we get everyone fit again, the three at the back (maybe using Rodwell there, too) might just work in some games.
It could serve us well and give us an option until the transfer window is open again next January.
The gamble may not have worked this time, but I think with the stakes so high, it might just tilt the odds in our favour.
At least, that’s my bet.
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