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No panic from Poyet

Sunderland Boss Gus Poyet is refusing to panic, even though his team are still without a premier league win this season.

The Black Cats have only lost once in the league so far, but they're yet to secure their first victory.

Poyet felt his team's performance last weekend in the goalless draw against Swansea was a big improvement though, and he can see much better times ahead.

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Poyet aggrieved by N'Zonzi decision

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet believes Stoke midfielder Steven N'Zonzi should have been sent off during his side's League Cup exit against Stoke.

With the score level at 1-1, N'Zonzi appeared to grab Sunderland's Jack Rodwell by the throat after the two came together in a challenge. Referee Mike Dean showed yellow cards to both players but Poyet felt aggrieved that N'Zonzi wasn't sent off.

The Black Cats lost 2-1 on the night.

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Families of MH17 victims to attend Sunderland game

John Alder and Liam Sweeney

Members of the families of Liam Sweeney and John Alder, the two Newcastle United fans tragically killed in the MH17 disaster, will attend Sunderland AFC’s game against Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as guests of the club.

Sunderland supporter Gary Ferguson set up a fund after hearing of the tragedy in order to raise £100 for a wreath in memory of Liam and his fellow supporter John and Sunderland fans took the cause to their hearts, with the fund currently standing at over £33,000.

The money raised is to be split between two North East charities, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle, in accordance with the wishes of the Sweeney and Alder families.

David Sweeney, grandfather of Liam, wanted to thank Sunderland fans for the support they have given him and his family and Mr Sweeney, accompanied by Liam’s parents and other family members will attend the Black Cats game against Spurs. Two members of John Alder’s family will also be present, along with Gary Ferguson.

Members of both families, along with Gary Ferguson, will take part in a pitchside photograph with SAFC Ambassador Jimmy Montgomery, who took part in recent commemorations for the two fans at St James’ Park.

Speaking about his forthcoming visit to the Stadium of Light, David Sweeney said: “The support from the Sunderland people and the money raised for the two charities has been simply magnificent. It is my wish that out of this tragic event that has happened in my life and that of my family, some good can come and if it helps to bring the two sets of fans closer together then that gives us some comfort.”

Sunderland AFC’s chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “This tragedy has touched the North East as a whole and we welcome the Sweeney and Alder families to the Stadium of Light and offer our support to them at this most difficult time.”

Transfer Deadline Day: What it meant for our clubs

Newcastle Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa signed a last-minute loan deal to go to Hull, and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa went to Roma on a season-long loan.

Sunderland Defender Sebastien Coates joined on loan from Liverpool, as did Ricardo Alvarez from Inter Milan.

Valentin Roberge joined Reims on a season-long loan and Modibo Diakite left by mutual consent.

Middlesbrough Jelle Vossen signed on a season-long loan from Genk. Yanic Wildschut signed a two-year deal from Heerenveen, and Jamal Blackman arrived on loan from Chelsea.

Seb Hines joined Coventry on loan.

Hartlepool Luke James has signed for Peterborough for an undisclosed fee.

Sunderland AFC sign Ricardo Alvarez

Credit: Barrington Coombs/Everton FC/Press Association Images

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Ricardo Alvarez on a season-long loan deal from Italian giants Inter Milan.

The 26-year old Argentina international midfielder arrives on Wearside for the 2014/15 campaign, becoming the 9th signing this summer, following Sebastian Coates, Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon, Patrick van Aanholt, Santiago Vergini and Will Buckley to the Stadium of Light.

Speaking about his move to Sunderland, Alvarez said: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s a great opportunity, a great club and I’m looking forward to be playing in England and playing my part for Sunderland.”

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