Gray targets Sunderland goals
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Striker Andy Gray is confident that his partnership with Stephen Elliott will work.Sunderland striker Andy Gray is confident that his striking partnership with Stephen Elliott is starting to fire.
The duo have played up front together in Sunderland's last two Premiership games, and Gray believes it is no coincidence that the team's fortunes have begun to turn around at the same time.
"I have enjoyed playing alongside Stephen in the last few games," Gray told the local press.
"I think our different styles can suit each other, but it takes time to develop a partnership and almost everyone in the side at the moment is making adjustments to each other."
The former Sheffield United player credits Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy with getting the best out of the players by fitting the team's formation around them.
"We have played 4-4-2 in the last couple of games and I have preferred that," Gray said.
"I think the players have looked more comfortable in that system, but it is a tough decision for the management because 4-5-1 makes you harder to break down."
Gray and Elliott have struggled to make the adjustment to life in the top flight, scoring just one goal between them, but Gray feels they will start coming quickly soon.
"As strikers we just have to get used to the fact that the big thing about The Premiership is how few chances you get in a game," he explained.
"You might only get one or two in the whole of a Premiership game, so when they come along you have to make the most of them."