Norwich City display bemuses Sunderland chief Gus Poyet

Sunderland chief Gus Poyet admits the Black Cats face an uphill struggle to survive in the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Sunderland chief Gus Poyet admits the Black Cats face an uphill struggle to survive in the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, December 23, 2013
6:00 AM

Gus Poyet delivered a brutal assessment of Sunderland’s fading Premier League survival hopes after his team’s failure to beat Norwich City.

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The Black Cats’ will go into the festive period marooned at the bottom of the table on 10 points following a goalless stalemate. Poyet’s arrival produced an instant uplift with league wins over arch rivals Newcastle and title favourites Manchester City, but the Uruguayan has now presided over six top flight matches without a win.

“We are losing time, we are losing games,” he said. “I made it clear in the beginning after winning a couple, we needed to win 11 to think, ‘Can we get to 40?’, and we can’t win a football game now, so who are you going to blame? This is where we are. The quality is what you see, there is no more. I was not expecting this. I have always said I hate excuses - until now for some reason, we have always had an excuse and people can use it, but in this game, we have not. Norwich was a day to win and we didn’t, so we are responsible for where we are and it’s getting more and more difficult. It would be very nice if somebody could tell me why we are at the bottom, and if you think it’s because of me, I’ll take it if it’s not personal. I have always accepted criticism from the media. If it’s fair, I take it. If it’s me, it’s me, but this is where we are.”

Poyet had insisted after a stirring Capital One Cup win against Chelsea in midweek Norwich’s visit had to mark a Premier League watershed.

“After winning in the cup you have to go on to win another game, that is what you need to do, and Norwich should have been ideal,” he said. “I’m disappointed, I was expecting more from the team. We’ve used excuses before because we’ve been playing top teams at the Stadium of Light, but we were not good enough to win here. I don’t care about the other results, we need to be looking after ourselves. It was a very disappointing day.

“The outcome of the weekend is that it is getting more difficult for us. We should not have had the problem we had.”

Poyet will also be without influential defender Wes Brown for the next three Premier League games after his stoppage time red card for felling Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Sunderland face a testing Boxing Day trip to Everton before battles against Cardiff and Aston Villa.

“I’m not going to comment on the decision of the referee – it is not worth it. I don’t know whether I will appeal yet – I haven’t had time to analyse it,” said Poyet. “If it is a ban, it will be more difficult without Wes, that’s for sure. We were getting stability in defence and we’d had back-to-back clean sheets, but now we’ve lost one of our leaders. Wes Brown is a player you don’t want to lose, but that’s what happens when you are at the bottom – there’s always something – but that’s life at the bottom.”

The Sunderland chief was also critical of his side’s output at the opposite end of the pitch.

“The decisions in the last 30 metres were scary, and that was unexpected - players who needed to have a shot are taking three touches, players who need to take a touch are trying to shoot with their back to goal,” he said. “I didn’t expect that. I have got no explanation. Now if we make a mistake, I can tell you why, but there were things here that happened on the pitch that are difficult to explain.”

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2 comments

  • That is a somewhat misleading headline.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • No need to appeal against that decision,a bad tackle that could have done some damage to Rvw.Certainly got his work cut out has poyet to stop sunderland getting relegated,they were bad and ncfc should have taken 3 points.

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    tonyb

    Monday, December 23, 2013

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