North East UK news Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has given Sunderland a lift, says Lee Johnson MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The Black Cats consolidated their place in the play-offs with a win over Fleetwood Town

North East UK news Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has given Sunderland a lift, says Lee Johnson MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The Black Cats consolidated their place in the play-offs with a win over Fleetwood Town

North East UK news  Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has given Sunderland a lift, says Lee Johnson MetiNews.Com
23 February 2021 - 22:00

Breaking News ! Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover has given Sunderland a lift says Lee Johnson, after Sunderland tightened their grip on a play-off place with a 2-0 win against Fleetwood Town. The Swiss billionaire-heir completed his purchase of a majority stake in the club last week, and his arrival on the scene has coincided with Sunderland’s best run of league form for 12 months. The Black Cats’ win against Fleetwood was their third successive league win – a feat they last achieved in February last year – and it lifted them one place to fifth in League One. Read More Related Articles Kyril Louis-Dreyfus outlines his vision for Sunderland in first major interview since takeover Read More Related Articles A wise head on young shoulders and the revamped engine room -The key talking points as Sunderland end Fleetwood Town hoodoo Asked if Louis-Dreyfus had given the club a lift, Johnson said: “I think so. “It's my job to flatten the waves and make sure there's a consistency of performance. “Kyril coming in and setting out his plans verbally, and the actions on the back of that, leads us in a direction. “That messaging has to come from the top and then we become disciples of that message. “The philosophy stays the same because that's what we believe in and that's why I was recruited.” Sunderland were always in control against Fleetwood but had to be patient and wait until the hour mark before Aiden O’Brien headed them in front. And in the final 10 minutes, skipper Max Power headed home from a corner to make the points safe. Read More Related Articles Sunderland 2-0 Fleetwood match report - Black Cats consolidate play-off spot Read More Related Articles Sunderland 2-0 Fleetwood player ratings - O'Brien and Power goals end Fishermen hoodoo Johnson said: “In the second half we were much better. I think Fleetwood started the first half better. “But just looking at the stats there, an opponent who are a good side have had zero shots on goal and that shows the control we had in the game.

. “A lot of things pleased me: a set-piece goal, a clean sheet – you have to get 19 or 20 of those if you want to win promotion and we can’t be too many away from that now – and a plus-two goal winning margin, which is important. “The most pleasing part of the second half though is that we were able to up it five or ten percent. Sometimes that’s me just demanding a little bit more, sometimes it is them demanding a bit more of each other. “It wasn’t glamorous but it was very, very, professional and solid.” Aiden O'Brien of Sunderland celebrates with team-mates after he scores the opener Sunderland began the game playing 3-4-3 but switched to a back four at half-time, with Johnson explaining: “We had to work on a plan A and a plan B today because we knew that our shape and their shape doesn't always match. “I thought about changing it in the first 20 minutes to be honest but then we started getting quite a bit of control, [Aiden] McGeady was starting to get at people. “But we wore them down and I think that the beauty of having [Lynden] Gooch and [Luke] O'Nien is their flexibility is a real positive for us moving forward.” Read More Related Articles Sunderland revamp academy structure, confirming the arrival of a new head of coaching Read More Related Articles Sunderland's game at promotion rivals Portsmouth picked for live TV coverage On-loan Wolves defender Dion Sanderson again stood out, both in the middle of the back three in the first half and as part of the back four in the second period. “That's what we expect,” said Johnson. “We've worked hard, he's worked hard. “He's a good player and if he makes a mistake he can bounce back, he negotiated having a yellow card extremely well and was very calm and composed on the ball. “I think aerially he was dominant today and that's not something you would necessarily say is his strong point so those improvements in his performance are really nice to see.”

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North East UK news Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has given Sunderland a lift, says Lee Johnson MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has given Sunderland a lift, says Lee Johnson MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has given Sunderland a lift, says Lee Johnson MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has given Sunderland a lift, says Lee Johnson MetiNews.Com

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