Turf Moor

Next Game

Burnley v Sunderland

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Stadium of Light

Last Game

Sunderland 2 - 2 Tottenham

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Poyet eyes mental improvement

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has acknowledged that he needs to change the mindset of his players following the 4-0 defeat away by Swansea.

Last Updated: 20/10/13 at 15:14 Post Comment

Gus Poyet: Says his Sunderland side needs to improve mentally

Gus Poyet: Says his Sunderland side needs to improve mentally

Poyet, who replaced Paolo Di Canio as manager at the Stadium of Light, took charge of his first Premier League game but watched on as four second-half goals consigned his side to defeat.

Having only collected one point from their opening eight games, Sunderland remain rooted to the foot of the table, with Poyet admitting that the poor results have affected his team mentally.

"We analyse all of the problems, technical, physical and tactical, but of course there is a problem we need to address and the most important is the mental side," he told Sky Sports.

"Nowadays, in football or in any sport, you need to be strong mentally, this is not about one person, this is about everybody at the club, especially the 11 out there on the pitch. So maybe there is more work to do mentally than the rest."

Poyet also bemoaned the second-half performance of his team, having conceded three goals in the space of seven minutes as Swansea eased to victory.

"It was a completely different team in the second half. I think it's been happening for a while, it's a team that when it's in the game and fit enough, it does things naturally," he said.

"But when something happens that goes against the team, it changes completely.

"Like I said, I learned a lot today. I learned a lot from individual players, from situations, from reactions and I'm sure I can put that right. In certain aspects, we need to improve.

"Normally, you don't get any luck. We had a couple of half-chances in the first half, one from a corner and a couple of breaks.

"We didn't get enough of the ball in the box and when something happened in the other half, there would be a deflection or something and it's going in.

"That's how it is, we're not going to change it apart from working to make sure we do the same things for the 90 minutes and win a football game."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

an we get one on the similarities between this year's Arsenal and 5 years ago. Or any other number you care to pick frankly...it shouldn't be hard.

mc1728
Liverpool: Five Similiarities Five Years On

R

icky van Wolfswinkel's remarkable record of one goal from one game at least deserves an honourable mention. And I'm willing to bet that at least one of Costa, Ulloa or Enner Valencia will earn a place on the list by the end of the season. Probably not Costa

stevenjameshyde
Top Ten PL Strikers Who Started Like A Train...

I

will also give up birthday Christmas and bacon for this to happen

badwolf
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

Footer 365

Premier League: Jose Mourinho confirms Eden Hazard's Chelsea contract talks ongoing

Jose Mourinho is confident Eden Hazard will commit his future to Chelsea, with talks ongoing over a contract extension.

Daley Blind backs Louis van Gaal's brutally honest approach at Manchester United

Daley Blind says Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's brutally honest manner is good for team-building.

Premier League: Manchester United winger Angel di Maria delighted with Old Trafford bow

Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was delighted with his Old Trafford debut after the 4-0 win over QPR.

Mail Box

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

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