Chris Smith: Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce got Leicester City game wrong

Fabio Borini gets a shot away
Fabio Borini gets a shot away
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As much as I love Big Sam and believe he is the right man for the job of taking us forward, I think he got this one wrong.

I did not want to be just another team that falls under the wheels of the juggernaut that is Leicester City, as I personally think that we have a better team than they do.

I did not want to be another team that plays into their strengths, and would have hoped that we would play to ours instead.

By using the players that Sam has at his disposal, we should have resisted the urge to use the flanks and the long ball, and gone through the centre of the park.

We have the footballers to do this with the likes of Seb Larsson, Jeremain Lens and Jan Kirchhoff.

By going through the middle we could have over run them into dropping deeper and gain access to the penalty area where Jermain Defoe can do his best work.

With the ball on the ground their big lumbering centre backs would be exposed, and more likely to make mistakes. Leaving our defence at home to clean up anything they could muster on the counter.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but Sam has had a lot of time to think about this game, and picking a team that played well the previous week does not guarantee that this will happen the next week.

We need points, and the only way to get them is to play smart and utilize the squad we have on a game by game basis.

Or we will end up in a foxhole that will lead to the Championship.

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