Rowell Report: Sunderland are defensively strong, but lack goals

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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ONE OF the positives over recent weeks has been Sunderland’s defence after three clean sheets in the last five games.

Any club would be happy with that return.

Apart from the league game against Chelsea, when Sunderland were undone by an exceptional Eden Hazard, we have looked solid at the back.

But the obvious problem is the lack of goals. Our full-back is the joint top scorer which tells its own story

It’s not just a lack of goals though, it’s a lack of chances too. Sunderland are just not creating and the Norwich game was a prime example.

There were plenty of shots from outside the box, but how many genuine opportunities were there? Only really the header from Wes Brown which was from a set piece.

Sunderland are struggling to get in behind a defence or getting them to turn and they are just not making it hard enough for the opposition.

They need to start turning the goalless draws into 1-0 wins because that would make all the difference. Any successful team has to manage their share of ugly 1-0 victories.

Sometimes, it’s not just a striker problem either. It’s not like Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore are getting a stack load of chances and missing them.

You have got to create things for yourself as a striker and make the runs, but it’s a collective problem of breaking teams down.

When the transfer window opens, Gus Poyet has to look at making the chances, as much as converting them as well.