GUS Poyet said he was happy with his players’ desire and determination against West Ham United last night, even though the game ended in defeat for the Black Cats.
Now he says he will try to keep their self-belief going as Sunderland embark on the increasingly difficult task of preserving their Premier League status as the games start to run out.
He said: “I’m trying to be honest – that performance from us is what we are all about.
“We tried our best, we were the better team, we created more chances, played better football, so everything was on our side.
“I know Sam Allardyce is a stats man when it comes to balls into the box and stuff like that but on the night we beat him on every stat that counted, except the only one which really counts - the final result.
“I am very sad about the result but I will not give up and I will not let my team give it up - I will not let it happen.
“Losing this game is difficult and it won’t be a nice night for me or anyone related at the club.
“But there’s no place to hide - we need to believe and do it again and go out and perform against Spurs.
“I want my team to play the way they played against West Ham because they were the better side all night but just couldn’t get the result.”
Although he was happy with his team’s efforts to win the game he was not blind to the failings at the back which cost them the match.
“We gave everything but iif you don’t defend the only way that the opposition score their goals, then you are in trouble.
“You can talk about shapes and formation, you can talk about should Adam Johnson have started, but unless you defend well then it doesn’t matter. We gave our all but it wasn’t to be. Now we have to be realistic.
“We tried everything possible against West Ham but couldn’t get the win and it is going to be very difficult for us now.
“We just have to keep giving our all.”