Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jones: We Can Make Poyet's New System Work; Formation Will Pay Dividends If Boss Gus Opts to Stick to Approach

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jones: We Can Make Poyet's New System Work; Formation Will Pay Dividends If Boss Gus Opts to Stick to Approach

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Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON

BILLY Jones is convinced Sunderland's 3-5-2 system can work, if boss Gus Poyet decides to keep faith with the new formation.

The Black Cats have spent much of the season playing 4-1-4-1, but Poyet has switched shape in the last two games to accommodate new signing Jermain Defoe up front.

And while Sunderland have not won either of those games - losing 2-1 at Spurs in the league and then being held to a goalless draw at home by Fulham in the FA Cup - right wing-back Jones and his counterpart on the left Patrick van Aanholt have proved they can be effective in the new system.

"I think I played wing-back maybe once away at Man City, maybe two years ago," said former West Brom defender Jones.

"But if it's a system you can master, you can really do well playing that formation.

That's down to the gaffer and the coaching staff to analyse these last two games and see whether it's worth sticking with this system to progress as a team.

"We know we've got a lot of hard games coming up, and big games coming up which we need to get results from.

"We've obviously had two games now trying out the new system and we've created chances.

"At times, maybe, we've looked a bit vulnerable on the break, but that's down to the gaffer and the coaching staff to decide what they feel is best for the group of players they have on their hands."

Jones has had a difficult start to his Sunderland career following his move to Wearside last summer, missing large chunks of the campaign with hamstring trouble. …

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