Time for Sunderland to go on attack – we aren’t good enough to defend

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It’s time to move on from the disappointing draw at Brentford last week, and turn our attentions to firstly Bristol City and then Bolton Wanderers.

Two huge home games which have the potential to turn the season one way or another.

Simon Grayson must surely be looking at these two games as a huge chance to get six points. Six points that if we do get, turns our run into five games unbeaten and the chance to kick on and drag ourselves up the table.

They won’t be easy games though, Bristol City’s loss at home to Leeds aside they have been in fine form and knocked four past Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

Bolton have also seen somewhat of an upturn in form recently and results depending could have the chance to put us bottom on Tuesday.

The emphasis has to be on attack. With Lewis Grabban, Aiden McGeady and Duncan Watmore up top we are more than capable of causing most teams in the league problems, as we showed last week in the first half at least.

We’ve started most games at home this season in the same way, with a bright start resulting in no goals, the pressure dropping and ultimately falling a goal behind.

If we can start brightly on Saturday and grab an early goal, it will do wonders for the atmosphere and the mood inside the stadium. We saw on Saturday the ovation the players got at half time.

Obviously it’s a big if, we are 23rd for a reason, but if we can take the lead early doors we should be looking to kick on – not sit back.

Watmore’s impact is clear to see, and hopefully we can get more minutes out of him each week and with Callum McManaman also looking likely to cause problems for the opposition our attacking options are pretty impressive.

Grayson needs to use these to our advantage, less of the sitting back inviting pressure as we aren’t good enough defensively to do it, no clean sheets shows that.

We have shown at times that we can be good enough going forward, and it would be nice to see more of it.

With regards to the team against Bristol City, we obviously have the ongoing goalkeeping situation. Defensively I found the dropping of Adam Matthews strange as although he had a bad spell against QPR, generally he has looked okay, particularly going forward and on the overlap.

Matthews coming back in for Jones would be my choice, and it would be good to see Jonny Williams return in the middle. I would also go for Gooch in place of Honeyman and further attacking options of Grabban, McGeady and Watmore.

Getting Grabban down the centre is essential; he is a real threat, clearly knows where the goal is and transforms the forward play when he is in the team.

Hopefully we do get off to a good start on Saturday, use the attacking options we all know are there and finally get that long awaited home win.