GUS POYET is not convinced that Sunderland have a psychological problem away from home, although he admits the Black Cats need to find an imminent solution to their travel sickness.
Sunderland have taken just a solitary point on the road this season and head to Aston Villa on Saturday looking to avoid a sixth successive away defeat.
Poyet’s three away games in charge have held a freakish element with two own goals conceded at Swansea and players sent off at Hull and Stoke.
But the head coach says there can be no more excuses for Sunderland’s continual away flops.
Poyet said: “I’ve been talking to the players, but I don’t think there is a psychological problem
“But it can’t go on for ever because then there will be a problem.
“Until now, they have had a few excuses - the sending off’s, the own goals. I don’t want any more excuses.
“I just want my team in there for 90 minutes playing the game.”
Poyet will have Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena back from suspension at Villa Park, with Carlos Cuellar (hip) Sunderland’s only injury absentee, with the Spaniard expected to be out for a couple of weeks.
But despite having Cattermole and Dossena back at his disposal, Poyet hinted that he is not expected to make many changes on Saturday.
“I want to get some consistency in the team,” he added.
“I want a basic group of players who will play together.
“But over the next few games there are one or two who will play for a reason and give us something special.
“We need to use the players. It is a good time of the season to use the squad.
“We won’t play the same team all the time, but we won’t make too many changes either.
“There won’t be any surprises on Saturday.”