Crucial we make Christmas presence felt, says Sunderland boss Poyet

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.
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GUS Poyet says Sunderland must draw a line in the sand under their second-half display against Spurs at the weekend and breathe fresh life into their season before the New Year.

After losing two games inside four days to Chelsea and Spurs, the Black Cats need to put points on the board in a hurry.

And on Saturday night the head coach suggested it was almost a case of now or never for Sunderland.

“We are playing West Ham, Norwich and Cardiff over the next few weeks – so when are you going to win two or three in a row? he asked

“Now.

“Now.

“The only positive I could take out of the Spurs game was that I was happy with the first 45 minutes generally – decent, organised, could have gone either way. But the second half was unacceptable.

“This has to be a line – if the season doesn’t start in terms of winning games, then we have a massive problem.

“Everyone is winning but us.

“So now we have to win and look to continue winning.

“I try not to look at the other results, but you have to look because you are manager and when you do look it is not good reading.

“As people who work for Sunderland Football Club, we are all in the same position together. There is no place for anybody to be safe individually, so we have to work very hard and do it as a team of people.

“I don’t criticise just the players, I always say ‘we’ – we as a group made bad decisions, players and staff.

“Now we have to put them right.”