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Sunderland: These fans have a plan for Jack Ross

Sunderland: These fans have a plan for Jack Ross

Jack Ross has been speaking about Sunderland’s defensive record, as they haven’t kept a single clean sheet so far this season, as per Transfermarkt.

The Black Cats manager will be hoping that record changes this weekend, as they face Bolton Wanderers, who have only scored once this season, when Thibaud Verlinden got the opener in a 6-1 loss against Rotherham United.

Ross has taken responsibility in ensuring the defensive situation improves and his side get that first clean sheet:

However, there are numerous fans who feel they can help him out with a suggestion: keep hold of the ball more and stop sitting back.

One of Sunderland’s style of play traits is noted as long balls on WhoScored, with the side averaging 91 per game.

While they tend to just about edge out the opponent in possession, averaging 51%, only 69.7% of the passes attempted by Sunderland players have come off.

As the theory goes, the other team can’t score if they don’t have the ball, so maybe the fans are onto something here.

A selection of Twitter reaction to the comments, including posts from opinionated Sunderland fans, can be seen below:

Sunderland fans, does Ross need to improve the style of football? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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