The King Power Stadium

Next Game

Leicester v S'land

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Poyet to gamble on survival

Guy Poyet admits Sunderland must take more risks if they are going to haul themselves clear of the Premier League drop-zone.

Last Updated: 07/12/13 at 17:00 Post Comment

Gus Poyet hopes his side can build on battling display against Chelsea

Gus Poyet hopes his side can build on battling display against Chelsea

Sunderland have picked up seven points since Poyet took charge in September, but the Black Cats stayed bottom of the table after Wednesday's 4-3 home defeat by Chelsea.

Tottenham head to Wearside on Saturday and the Uruguayan believes his players must show more attacking ambition if they are to cut the five-point gap to safety.

"Unfortunately, we still don't have enough points, we still look at the table and it's not great. We need to win football games," said Poyet.

"That balance is slightly going one way. We need to start maybe taking a few more risks because we don't have enough points.

"We are in a situation where it is difficult to catch the teams in front of us because we cannot put two wins together. Every time we make a step forward, the second step is flat or backwards and we cannot really get there.

"The league is like that - everybody beats everybody, every game is difficult. All the teams are going to win football games and we haven't won enough."

Sunderland's battling spirit against Chelsea has reinforced Poyet's belief that his side can stay up

He revealed how Blues boss Jose Mourinho also gave the Black Cats his backing in the survival fight.

Poyet said: "In different language, he said more or less the same: 'If you play like that, you won't go down'.

"It's good that the players can see that as well because it is a compliment to the players.

"For me, if we play seven or eight games like the other day and against Aston Villa and we don't win one, there is something that's incredible against this football club.

"But it doesn't happen. If we perform like that for seven or eight games, you are going to win three or four, so that's what I am looking for.

"I am looking forward to seeing if we can maintain that and find that balance."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Barcelona beat Man City in race to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba

Barcelona have reportedly agreed a £64million deal with Juventus to sign Paul Pogba - with the deal scheduled to go through in the summer of 2016.

Turan future decision due

Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, who has stated his desire to play in England, will make a decision on his future this week, according to his agent.

Manchester United target Sergio Ramos one of the top defenders in Europe, says Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United would be signing “one of the top defenders in Europe” if they complete a deal for Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.

Mail Box

Cech To Arsenal Has Been On The Cards For Years

We have happy Arsenal fans regarding their new goalkeeper, plus thoughts on Jose vs Arsene, transfer bulls**t, like-for-like Liverpool, WWC and population pedantry...

NB: The Transfer Window Isn't Even Open Yet

The message to most fans is not to lose your s**t before the window officially opens. Plus thoughts on Cabaye to Spurs, window conclusions and geography vs money...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company