Moyes must adapt to relegation scrap, says Pulis

Tony Pulis has said that David Moyes must adapt to Sunderland's relegation scrap.

Moyes must adapt to relegation scrap, says Pulis
Above: David Moyes on the touchline in Sunderland's 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion manager, Tony Pulis has said that Sunderland manager, David Moyes must adapt to the clubs relegation scrap, ahead of Saturday's clash between the two sides.

Got to grind out the results

It hasn't been the start that Moyes would have wanted to his tenure at the Stadium of Light, with the side failing to win so far in the league and entering October without a win for the fourth consecutive season.

The run continued with a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace last season, this has once again left them wallowing in the relegation zone, and ahead of Saturday's clash Pulis has said that Moyes has to adapt to his surroundings to survive.

"You have to spend a long time working out how you're going to get results," he told PA Sport. "You've got to play to your players' strengths, you've got to work a system out that will enable that team to get points."

He continued, "Irrespective of how they play and don't play the important thing as a manager is to give yourself enough time to push the team forward."

Pulis concluded, "To do that you need results, you need to stay in the league. There will be different experiences for David without a question of a doubt."

Above: Victor Anichebe coming in Sunderland's 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images
Victor Anichebe coming in Sunderland's 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images

Taking no prisoners

Moyes has made some significant changes on Wearside, with one of them been the signing of former Everton striker Victor Anichebe, and he said that his manager is taking no prisoners.

“The gaffer has not taken any prisoners,” Anichebe told the Sunderland Echo. “He has been getting into everyone, getting back into the way he used to be, really hammering into us about shape and the basics of defending."

Anichebe explained, “You have to do all the ground work first before you go onto the other stuff, that’s what this week has been about. Hopefully we can continue to improve and get the results.”

Sunderland AFC will take on West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, October 1 with kick-off at 3pm BST.