GUS POYET says there was an angry atmosphere in the Sunderland dressing room after self-inflicted wounds cost the Black Cats for the second weekend running.
A couple of defensive howlers - first from Wes Brown and then from Vito Mannone after a poor back pass from Will Buckley - scuppered Sunderland’s hopes of bouncing back from their 8-0 drubbing at Southampton today.
Defeat to Arsenal ended Sunderland’s unbeaten home start to the season in the Premier League and Poyet was again left ruing individual clangers which proved to be his side’s undoing.
When asked about the mood of the players afterwards, head coach Poyet said: “I think it’s a little bit of anger really.
“When you know the team was there, responded, tried and really fought hard for the result and then it’s two actions, that normally takes you I don’t know how many games to complete that.
“We did two in the same game, and after last weekend.
“That’s put us in the situation that we are. We have nothing to hide.
“It’s difficult to analyse the game because the commitment and the reaction and the desire and organisation compared to last week was there.
“But we forgot to leave in the dressing room the mistakes.
“I don’t know if it’s tension, luck or whatever. But unfortunately two more mistakes.”
Poyet believes it is a mental hurdle which Sunderland need to conquer if they are to rid themselves of the errors which have halted any momentum gleaned from recording a first league victory of the campaign three weeks ago.
“It’s about character, being brave and going on the pitch,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s too much about tactics. Last weekend was a one-off.
“In terms of when you need to press and when you drop off, we did that much better today.
“It’s the other side, it’s a mix of tension to defend and relaxing when you’re on the ball, but not too much.
“It’s getting the right tension.
“It doesn’t matter who you play.
“Yes, Arsenal were better than us and had the ball more.
“But take the two mistakes away...
“If we were a bit more relaxed or made better decisions in the final third...
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