Points all that matter for Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat
Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat admits he does not care how Sunderland play at Bournemouth tomorrow – as long as the Black Cats win.

The Black Cats head for the Vitality Stadium tomorrow still awaiting their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season, but buoyed by a significantly better performance in last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham.

Head coach Advocaat is confident there is a lot more to come from a team which took the game to Spurs for long periods and was unfortunate to emerge defeated after twice hitting the woodwork.

However, the Dutchman, who celebrates his 68th birthday later this month, will be happy with three points from the clash with the Cherries in whatever fashion they are delivered.

He said: “I have always said it doesn’t matter how you play, I always go for three points. It doesn’t matter how.

“Everybody has to realise that we have had a really, really difficult time because we brought players in late, and you see our line-up, six or seven players were out of contract, so we need more time for them to gel with each other more than normal.

“If we had started with this squad in the beginning, then everything would have been much easier than now.”