Billy Jones says Sam Allardyce’s confidence in his ideas has given Sunderland players their belief back after a terrible start to the season.
Having failed to win any of their opening eight Premier League games, Allardyce led Sunderland to a 3-0 victory over Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, with Jones getting on the scoresheet.
It was also the Black Cats’ first clean sheet of the campaign, but Jones is confident it will not be the last under their new manager.
“We have already benefited from the new gaffer’s ideas and now we have to follow it up,” Jones said.
“He held some one-on-one meetings last week, and after Sunday’s game there was a sheet out for the other lads to have their meetings this week.
“So it was quite nice to have a one-on-one with the gaffer after a derby win.
“We were down before he came, but he has brought back some belief by basically saying, ‘If you do what I say, I show you what to do and you do it, then we will win games’.
“If you have a manager who believes that and the players believe it too, we will win games.
“He puts real emphasis on the defensive side. Several times in the build up to Newcastle, we have split into defensive and attacking units with the manager doing the defensive stuff.
“He tries to simplify things so there are no grey areas. He tells us the right times to squeeze, the angles to squeeze and just getting back to basics which is what we needed.
“At this stage, he was probably the perfect option. The work we have put in on the training ground so far, the analysis we do and the stats we look at, is a total flip side to what the previous manager was doing.
“You can take confidence from good performances and getting a draw, but there is nothing better than winning. We are really happy to have achieved it and we just want to move on.”
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