Sunderland continued their poor start to the season by throwing away a two-goal lead to draw at Brentford on Saturday.
It highlighted the severe defensive issues that Simon Grayson’s team have, with the manager admitting that he still doesn’t know what his best back four is.
Injuries have played a part in that, with Tyias Browning and Marc Wilson the latest defensive options to miss out.
That meant the former Preston boss turned to Lamine Kone and John O’Shea in the 3-3 draw at Griffin Park and Grayson feels the constant changing in defence isn’t helping the team.
“Every manager and any supporters as well will tell you that when there’s a consistent team selection the opportunity to keep clean sheets is easier because there’s more understanding of partnerships and cohesion within the group,” he told the Sunderland Echo.
The Sunderland manager is hopeful that Browning and Wilson can recover soon, which would allow him to pick from all the players he has. Grayson feels that’s why he hasn’t found his ideal defensive unit yet. “Do I know my strongest back four? Not really because we’ve not been able to put everybody together at one particular time.”
This will worry Sunderland fans even though there are fair reasons behind his statement, given the injuries.
However, the club are in a mess right now and hearing these comments won’t give anyone a boost, from the players who play to the supporters.
Grayson needs to find a back four that can do the job quickly otherwise Sunderland could be seriously facing the prospect of successive relegations.
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