Poyet: We'll keep fighting

Gus Poyet admitted Sunderland's loss to West Ham United was hard to accept after a 2-1 defeat left them four points from safety.

Last Updated: 01/04/14 at 10:50 Post Comment

Gus Poyet: Devastated after Sunderland's loss but will carry on scrapping

Gus Poyet: Devastated after Sunderland's loss but will carry on scrapping

The Black Cats battled hard at the Stadium of Light but were undone by poor defending as Andy Carroll and Mohamed Diame put the Hammers 2-0 ahead.

Adam Johnson reduced the arrears but Sunderland could not find an equaliser and are now facing an uphill struggle to survive in the Premier League with eight games left to play.

Poyet told Sky Sports: "It's difficult to accept, sometimes when you see a team at the bottom they have no spirit, heart and give up.

"I don't think it's possible to see my team giving up.

"But if you see my team giving up before the end of the season, you won't see me here.

"The downside of the game (is the defending) and we knew that was the way they could hurt us. We will have a few chats about that."

Poyet felt his men had been worthy of a penalty when Kevin Nolan appeared to elbow the ball in the box late in the first half when the score was 1-0.

"It was clear, deliberate. He tried to play the ball with his hand," said Poyet.

"You would need to ask the referee. It was easy to see but that's the way it's been.

"I hope we get some luck; a decision from the ref or a deflected shot goes in.

"It's about winning now. We have a chance and will go to the end."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Diego Costa gets two assists Chelsea's 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem

Diego Costa grabbed two assists as Chelsea beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-1 on Wednesday

Women's football: Natasha Dowie says Fara Williams can earn 200 caps

Fara Williams has enough ability to earn 200 caps for England, according to Liverpool Ladies team-mate Natasha Dowie

Women's football: Dunia Susi and Rachel Brown-Finnis out of England's game with Sweden

England Women’s boss Mark Sampson has been hit by two withdrawals from his squad ahead of Sunday's game against Sweden

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property