Poyet Passes Buck On Tactical Change

Are the players really rooting for this five at the back stuff?

Talking Tactics: Liverpool (A)

Few people gave Sunderland much of a chance ahead of Wednesday's trip to an in-form Liverpool, but some smart tactical shuffles by Gus Poyet almost saw the Wearsiders nick a valuable point from Anfield.

Talking Tactics: Crystal Palace (H)

Saturday's huge bottom of the table clash with Crystal Palace proved depressingly predictable, as Sunderland found themselves stifled by Tony Pulis' visiting Eagles.

Preview: Wembley Semi-Final At Stake For Cats

Sunderland meet Hull City on Sunday in an FA Cup Quarter Final tie, with the winners booking a trip to Wembley.

Talking Tactics: Arsenal (A)

Sunderland's hopes for a pre-Wembley boost were dealt a hammer blow in North London on Saturday, as their visit to Arsenal was over as a contest within 45 minutes.

Talking Tactics: Hull City (H)

All good things must come to an end, and Sunderland's revival came to a juddering halt on Saturday, where they went down 0-2 to former manager Steve Bruce's Hull City side.

Talking Tactics: Newcastle United (A)

Sunderland completed a second consecutive 3-0 destruction of Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby on Saturday. While the shock of victory may not have been so great as it was last April, this win was far more convincing for the Wearsiders.

Talking Tactics: Stoke City (H)

Sunderland recorded their first home league victory of 2014 - and the first since November 10th - against Stoke City on a Wednesday evening, in what was an unsurprisingly gritty contest between two relegation strugglers.

Talking Tactics: Southampton (H)

Sunderland extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to four games, coming from two goals down to salvage an important point against an excellent Southampton side.

The Facts And Figures Behind Sunderland's Passing

Gus Poyet is intent on instilling a new passing philosophy into Sunderland, but with January deals on the cards, which players that the Uruguayan inherited on Wearside have taken to it?


Talking Tactics: Fulham (A)

Holy hell, we won a game, again! Come on in as we analyse the superb 4-1 defeat of Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Talking Tactics: Norwich City (H)

It's time for a tactical review of Saturday's miserly home draw with Chris Hughton's Norwich City, a result that laid bare - once again - the profligacy of this Sunderland side.

Talking Tactics: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

We take a look back at Saturday's home defeat to Andre Villas-Boas' men, a result which leaves Sunderland rooted firmly at the bottom of the table.

Talking Tactics: Stoke City (A)

We take a look back at Saturday's ultimately fruitless trip to the Britannia Stadium, and investigate the tactical intrigues of a game largely ruined by refereeing incompetence.

How Poyet Is Transforming Sunderland

With the international break upon us, we take the opportunity to analyse what has changed under Gus Poyet's reign.

Talking Tactics: Manchester City (H)

We take a tactical look back at Sunday's 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Premier League.

Talking Tactics: Hull City (A)

A tactical recap of Saturday's Premier League game between Hull City and Sunderland.

Talking Tactics: Swansea City (A)

Gus Poyet's first game in charge was meant to mark a fresh dawn for Sunderland AFC - instead, it may well have set in motion an even greater nightmare.

Talking Tactics: Manchester United (H)

We take a look at the facts, figures and graphs to see what went wrong and what went right against Manchester United this weekend.

Talking Tactics: Liverpool (H)

Our weekly tactical reflection on Sunderland analyses the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, and what differences Kevin Ball adopted during his second spell in temporary charge.

Talking Tactics: West Bromwich Albion (A)

Our weekly tactical analysis reflects on Sunderland's defeat at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Talking Tactics: Crystal Palace (A)

A tactical look back at Sunderland's 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Talking Tactics: Southampton (A)

Our tactical recap on Sunderland's latest outing sees us analyse the 1-1 draw at St. Mary's Stadium.

Talking Tactics: Fulham (H)

With the first game of the new season done and dusted, we take a tactical look back at Saturday's action.

Talking Tactics: Tottenham Hotspur (A)

Sunderland's final game of the season ended in last-minute defeat, but were Spurs good value for their win? We take a tactical eye to Sunday's proceedings at White Hart Lane.

Talking Tactics: Southampton (H)

Sunderland inched ever closer to Premier League safety on Sunday afternoon, but could not secure the three points that would have confirmed their survival against Southampton. A 1-1 draw was more than the Black Cats deserved...

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