Quique Sanchez Flores is not the sort of coach who pins newspaper cuttings on the dressing room wall. He is more of an iPad man.
Yet if he wanted to adorn the walls at the Stadium of Light with derogatory remarks from the opposition about his side, to create an added source of motivation, he would not be short of material.
Fresh from Alex Neil’s comments last week about “the possibilities of winning the game [against Watford] are higher”, a Sunderland player has become the latest to speak before engaging his brain.
“It’s a game we need to win, and they are a team who are very beatable,” said DeAndre Yedlin, the Sunderland full-back, to SAFSee TV. “We will hopefully snag the three points from them. It’s a great opportunity for three points and we will want to take them. I think if we play how we did against Arsenal, without the defensive lapses, we will be able to grab all the three points.”
Etienne Capoue is the life and soul of the dressing room and is rarely seen without a smile on his face. He will no doubt chuckle to himself at the comments of his former Tottenham Hotspur teammate.
“Capoue [who I know from Spurs], is a great guy, good player and didn’t really get his chance at Tottenham,” said Yedlin, the American international. “He is a quality player you can’t overlook.
“Obviously helps that you know a little bit about one of their players and how they play. Him being in midfield, the team obviously look to play around him and he is definitely a key player for them.”