Gus Poyet looks for Sunderland to enforce their own must-win plans at Norwich City

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet looks on during his side's goalless draw with Norwich at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Sunderland boss Gus Poyet looks on during his side's goalless draw with Norwich at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
10:29 AM

Sunderland will arrive at Carrow Road aiming to make their Premier League clash a must-win occasion – but hoping for a better outcome than their last one.

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Many Norwich City fans will feel victory is essential for the Canaries to avoid their own top-flight relegation.

However, the Black Cats’ plight is arguably far more serious – three points adrift in the relegation zone, but with the caveat of up to three games in hand on their rivals.

However, Sunderland’s must-win visit from Crystal Palace at the weekend only produced a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light – leaving manager Gus Poyet hoping for better at Norwich on Saturday.

“That’s the way – now we need to make that point be a good one by going and winning three at Norwich,” said Poyet.

“I remember in December everybody was saying ‘if you can nick something at Everton and beat Cardiff…’ – and then it was the other way around (beat Everton, then drew at Cardiff).

“The four points were there somehow, suffering one way and coming back encouraged the other way, because it’s like that.

“It’s going to be tight, winning is going to be a goal and we need to make sure we don’t give that goal away, we don’t give any mistakes, any presents to anyone. The future will tell if we are good enough to stay up or not.”

One blow for the Black Cats could be the absence of striker Steven Fletcher. And while Norwich have their own scoring problems, it’s worth noting Sunderland have only three goals in their last games – a recent record even worse than the Canaries’ tally of five.

“Look, I’m not going to put everything on luck but yes, sometimes you need an own goal, a deflected shot to go in, whatever,” added Poyet.

“It’s not going for us but we will keep trying. We lost Fletch, I hope with nothing serious, but he twisted his ankle badly and we are going to check on him to see the extent of the injury.

“But that’s why everybody needs to be ready, because the chance is coming for you and you need to take it.”

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19 comments

  • That was what I was thinking back then as well PW. I agree, this is one time I would really like to be wrong.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • We only scored two because Southampton were already in the shower. Sunderland won't be so charitable. It's win or bust. Defeat and we're pretty much down. Should be a party atmosphere!

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    Bookface

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Anyone else keeps getting "may be a delay" etc and then post never appears?

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • "Sunderland have only 3 goals in their last games.... Norwich have 5". Last HOW MANY games?? I think it`s 5. At least Soton`s generosity\pity provided some sort of positively spinnable statistic, pathetic though it is.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • As both teams seem to be relying on luck, perhaps there could be some sort of voodoo competition from designated magical characters from each side before the match. This might add significantly to the entertainment value.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Great, the one that says nothing goes straight through!

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Sunderland have 3 easy home games in the last 2 weeks of the season, unless we are 10 points clear of them by end of Easter we are in trouble, ah I forgot we are in big trouble anyway because we have the worst manager in City's history coupled with a useless Board of Directors , SACK the board NOw

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Just nip across to the other story and see what Howson is saying. No unrest in the Colney Lane camp. Everything is going to plan according to Johnny! Pleas McNally stop this NOW!

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • What is this story doing on our City board? Is it just me, or does anyone else not care less what "Gus Poyet looks for"..??

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Regardless of our end season status the board will stick with Hughton because it does not have the funds to do otherwise. Delia stated in 2006 she would listen to the right offers. It is time Delia. Clubs of our size are now attracting investors with considerably more funds than you can inject. Stop gambling on managers and players. Like C\Slovenia says, the board must go. Time for the fans to have their say. (A briefer version of the one that got away - and will probably appear later, in triplicate)

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • I want NCFC to win Saturday and go on to survive. If Hughton delivers that objective the board will surely allow him to carry on and provide the funds to strengthen. I have expressed the view before however that even if relegated the board will stick with CH. Which brings me to C\Slovenia's "Sack the board" call to arms. Our board has an inbred lack of ambition because it cannot provide the funds needed to compete in the PL. Financial prudence resulted in a series of managerial appointments that were a bad punt. Even Lambert, at the time, was a gamble. Having got lucky however they failed to meet his ambitions and he went. Thing is, even if we hang on this season, the future is one of stagnation. Either a struggling PL team or modest Championship. The board cannot afford better. Delia went on record in 2006 that she would sell to the right man\woman. We had the brief Cullum flirtation but nothing since. Clubs of our size are now attracting investors capable of much more than this board can deliver. I know you can't in reality sack a board but supporters can vent their frustrations and court change. What we need is a change right at the top. No offence Delia but Let's be Avin Yer.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Poyet in photo - ''don't look at me Chris, it was the seagull that took your burger, honest''

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • As usual I am hoping this is the one where everything comes together. We proved last week we can score more than one goal, despite the rest of the inept performance. We need everyone focused and with no mistakes. Would like to see wingers working off their correct feet with directions to put the ball in the center instead of going for goal on their own (obviously follow up like our second goal Saturday). Pick a team to exploit Sunderland's weaknesses and nullifying their strengths, plus have a different plan B with subs early to further take advantage as Sunderland start to master our plan A. Finally the fans fully playing their part in an epic performance at Carror Road. If ever it needs to come together, it is this weekend.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • malaga, I`ve not seen such a spiritless shower since the dark days of Roeder. Yes, they get paid anyway, but surely any player worth his salt has ambition and personal pride? They showed plenty of spirit under Lambert. Players like Pilks, Martin, Howson, Ruddy and Bennett R. have faded. Wes is ostracized. Hughton is worse than Roeder. That `nice man` stuff just doesn`t have any credence. He`s a naif manager.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • An interesting prospect this one...............................both teams desperate for the points....the ultimate 6 pointer!! So it could come down to is the more motivated, and has the greater will to win. Norwich has had a pretty poor record on home bankers this season, and we currently lack that will to win. Sunderland seem to be showing spirit at the moment......................................Too close to call. I would say that whoever loses this one, will probably end up relegated.

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Hughton and Calderwood clinically excised the spirit from this club when they tried to reduce Holt`s influence, as evidenced by Hughton`s disdainful handling of the Captaincy matter. There was only one candidate - Holt. Having thereby been provided the little bit of extra impetus, Holt duly left. Mission accomplished for Hughton and Calderwood. Now to rebuild the team in their own Image. Mission Accomplished..... Like you, I so want us to get out of this hole.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Poyet was my choice to replace Lambert.I hope Saturday's result proves I was wrong.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • As both teams seem to be relying on luck, perhaps there could be some sort of voodoo competition from designated magical characters from each side before the match. This might add significantly to the entertainment value.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Chances are the team with the ambition and will to win are going to prevail on Saturday. Hughton shows so little ambition, so little commitment to attacking play that I fear the best we may get is a draw. Having set the overly cautious mould he now cannot break it. Players have become regimented to it and as a result don't look like they expect to win games. I hope I am proved wrong...would love to see it. But based on our season's performances and with no sign of any overall improvement, my head rules my heart.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

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