If Sunderland are to stay up in the Barclays Premier League there are going to have to be some changes made to the formation. We need wins, not draws and are going to have to take some risks going down this last stretch of the season that see us playing some of the top clubs in the table. We played hard against Liverpool which is a good sign going forward, however sitting back and just absorbing attack after attack is not going to do anything to help us stay up. It did not work against Arsenal, It did not work against Man City in the final, and it ended up not working against Liverpool. If you look at the 2nd half of the Liverpool game you can see what happens when we have an attack first mentality. We got numerous corners and ended up finding the back of the net. The formation for that game I found atrocious, we were pretty much playing with 7 defenders. I would like Poyet to try and use 2 forwards more during these last couple of games. It was a defender-heavy formation but he puts two strikers up top in the middle of nowhere; how are we supposed to score like that?. I would like to see a 4-1-3-2, which would help solidify our defense with a midfielder(Cattermole, Bridcutt) sitting in front of the defense, while we have 2 wingers and Ki in the midfield to help string together some attacks and help the forwards break down the defense. We need to whip in crosses and we need to win corners. Wickham and Altidore are big boys so we need to feed them the ball through the air.
If you go back to the games where we played lesser competition (Hull, Palace, Norwich) we are only playing with one striker. You cannot win with only one designated goal scorer up top, especially if that player is Altidore. We are not getting any shots on net with the current formations. Against Norwich we only managed to get 2 shots on net. Against Palace, we only managed to get 2 shots on net as well. These are facts, and they show that we need more than one attacking option. This game against West Ham is crucial, and if Poyet continues to refuse to attack, by playing one striker, or plays with 5 defenders, then I am sorry to say that we are going down. I realize that our attacking options are limited, but these are desperate times for this club, and Poyet needs to wake up and take drastic measures. He has been too reactionary, making changes after the inevitable happens when we go down by a goal or two. We attack for the last 20 minutes of a game to no avail, either securing a draw or losing. We need to attack for 90 minutes, put our foot on the gas and not look back. If Poyet does anything other than that, our chances of staying up are done.