GUS Poyet’s performance in the post-match Press conference after Saturday’s home draw against Norwich was one any Sunderland fan could have identified with – disappointment, dejection, frustration and deep concern.
It is one of the head coach’s more endearing qualities that he does not seek to dress up results – he calls them as he sees them.
And what he saw on Saturday, he did not like.
“It is difficult,” the Uruguayan sighed, as he tried to work out why his side had been so ineffective in a match billed as a “must-win” for his side.
“I was not expecting this.
“I hate excuses – when people have excuses they will take them – but we had none for this game.
“And the outcome of the weekend is that it is getting more difficult for us.
“We should not have had the problem we had and we are losing time, losing games.
“I said after winning against Chelsea in the cup you have to go on to win another game, that is what you need to do, and Norwich should have been ideal.
“We gave Norwich a game for an hour, but I was expecting more from us and I’m disappointed with that.
“It is not nice and you don’t enjoy it when everything is set for a good game and having a nice weekend and it doesn’t work out.
“Time is passing, and I feel the need to get these results.
“We have no place to hide.
“With all respect to Norwich and our different league positions, I was expecting us to win – there’s no excuse, confidence was high.“