Reid desperate to strike a balance
Andy Reid heads for
The 27-year-old midfielder has played a key role in the Black Cats’ excellent sequence of results at home, which has brought them victories over
However, he has also been part of the side which has picked up just four points from a possible 21 on the road, only one of them in their six trips since the opening day of the campaign.
Defeat has come at Stoke,
The inconsistency which has spawned those contrasting sets of results is a source of intense frustration for manager Steve Bruce, who has been delighted with the football his team has served up at home, but puzzled by their inability to reproduce it on their travels.
But Reid for one admits
He said: “It’s about getting a balance. If you knock it long all the time, you will be found out, and if you try to pass it all the time, then you will be found out.
“It’s not always possible because you come up against different problems every week.
“In the Premier League, you come up against teams that play long ball, you come up against teams that are particularly strong at defending long balls.
“You can’t do one or the other the whole time, especially for a team like us. We have to mix it up.
“We have to get the ball down and play, but also at the right times not be afraid to knock it long and look to get on the second ball and play in the opposition’s part of the pitch.
“It’s about getting the right balance.
“We all watched
“Maybe at times, that’s what we need to do as well.
Bruce’s men will attempt to address their away form at Craven Cottage full in the knowledge that
Roy Hodgson’s side have lost one of their last eight league games and kept their Europa League hopes alive with a 1-0 win over CSKA Sofia on Thursday night.
However, the Black Cats have taken four points from the six they have contested at
Reid said: “Since I have come to
“We are fully aware it is going to be a very, very difficult game. They are a strong team at home, they are organised and they are going to be difficult to beat.
“They have got quality as well, we know that, so we have to try to impose our quality on the game, mix it up at times and hopefully get the result we need.”