Sam Allardyce believes his Sunderland side need to be flexible if they are to build on last week’s Tyne-Wear derby victory against Newcastle.
The 3-0 derby triumph was the Black Cats’ first league victory of the campaign and it moved them off the bottom of the Premier League table in what was Allardyce’s first home match in charge.
The north-east club have now won their last six matches against their great rivals, but their record immediately afterwards is less impressive as they have failed to follow up their last four derby victories with a win.
Next up is a trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Sunday and Allardyce has called for his side to secure a victory against the Toffees.
He said: “We’ve got a stat that we’ve got to overcome of not winning the last four games after the Newcastle match. It’s about the lads being aware of that and being aware of who they’re playing against and where their strengths and weaknesses are.”
The former West Ham boss believes his side must learn how to adapt their style for every game if they are to stand a chance of avoiding the drop at the end of the campaign.
Allardyce added: “If they are flexible enough to realise that we have to change our thinking in every game and sometimes change the shape of the team and decide on different tactics, then it’s one of the key reasons why we’ll get out of trouble.”