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Poyet: 'I'm responsible for defeat'

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has claimed sole responsibility for yesterday's 4 - 0 thrashing by Aston Villa. The loss pushed The Black Cats further toward the relegation zone.


Sunderland 'need to win' against Villa

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says his side 'need to win' in this weekend's Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

The Black Cats face Villa at the Stadium of Light tomorrow with Tim Sherwood's side just a point behind Sunderland in the Premier League table.

Poyet sent to the stand during Sunderland's 1-1 draw

Hull drew 1-1 with visiting Sunderland in another relegation tussle which saw Black Cats manager Gus Poyet sent to the stand following a first-half altercation with Tigers boss Steve Bruce.

Sunderland manager, Gus Poyet is sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

The two men had to be separated on the touchline after Sunderland's JackRodwell fell in the box after 35 minutes and was booked for simulation by referee Mike Dean.

Poyet complained it was a penalty and after being sent off he walked across to Bruce and tried to shake his counterpart's hand.

Bruce appeared to respond angrily and had to be restrained by a linesman and members of his coaching staff.

Hull City's Andy Robertson and Sunderland's Danny Graham (right) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

Dame N'Doye's third goal in five games since his January move from Lokomotiv Moscow gave Hull a 15th-minute lead, the Senegal striker cleverly back-heeling Tom Huddlestone's cross into the net.

But Rodwell earned Sunderland a precious point when he nudged home Patrick van Aanholt's cross on the line with 13 minutes remaining.

The Black Cats host Aston Villa at home on Saturday.

Man United 'not as bad as people think', says Poyet

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has defended Manchester United's recent performances, saying they 'are not as bad as people think'.

Louis Van Gaal's side came under criticism after last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Swansea. But speaking ahead of Sunderland's trip to Old Trafford on Saturday, Poyet backed Man United to recover from their recent dip in form.

He said:

I think people are being a little bit harsh on Man United at the moment.

They are not as bad as people think because they are in a good position and if they get into the top four there's a few that are going to have to recognise that they've done better than what people expected.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Sunderland won 1-0 at Old Trafford at the end of last season as the Black Cats avoided relegation from the Premier League. But Poyet expects a different encounter this time around. He added:

They were with Ryan Giggs as a caretaker at that moment in time. We were playing for our lives. They were just trying to change a little bit at the end of the season to have something to cheer about. It was a different game.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Poyet comments 'born out of frustration'

Gus Poyet's comments after Sunderland's shock FA Cup defeat to Bradford City were 'born out of frustration', according to Sunderland Echo reporter Chris Young.

The Uruguayan told media after the Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Valley Parade:

The problem is you, not me. If you write what I say the fans would be on my side but because you write what you want we've got problems.

If we close Sunderland and we put a China wall around the city it would be fantastic. Now when we let you get in and you go out and say what you want then we've got a problem beating ourselves.

So I would invite every Sunderland fan and people who cares about the club not to listen to any one of you. Only to me and between ourselves.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Young says Poyet could be frustrated after his side's recent results.


Last night's performance 'typical Sunderland' - Poyet

Gus Poyet Credit: PA

Sunderland AFC Head Coach has said he thought last night's performance was 'typical Sunderland' and admits he is not sure how to stop a repeat performance. He's under scrutiny for criticising fans.

Defoe a 'big difference' for Sunderland

Gus Poyet believes striker Jermain Defoe has already made a big difference at Sunderland.

The 32-year-old scored in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Swansea - his second goal for the club in just three appearances.

Swansea defeat 'terrible' for Poyet

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says last season's trip to Swansea was a 'terrible' day for him and the club.

The Black Cats were beaten 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium, with all four goals scored in the second-half. It was also Poyet's first game in charge of the club.

Sunderland travel to Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday.

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