GUS POYET insists he must discover the magical element which will convert positive performances into points.
Poyet was keeping a close eye on Sunderland’s fortunes prior to being appointed the Black Cats’ new head coach earlier this week.
Owner Ellis Short’s fortnight-long search for a successor to the sacked Paolo Di Canio gave Poyet the opportunity to evaluate the Wearsiders’ displays against Liverpool and Manchester United before taking the reins from caretaker boss Kevin Ball.
The Uruguayan was impressed by the quality of Sunderland’s performances and the whole-hearted effort produced by the players.
And he believes that his role now is to make the minor adjustments needed to land upon the right formula to take Sunderland off the Premier League’s basement.
Poyet told the Echo: “You could see how much the players cared and how they were trying to do everything to win the games.
“They really put in an effort to the point that I’m sure they finished the games completely dead.
“You have to find the balance to keep doing that and bring in things that I think we need.
“It’s just little things that make it click.
“Sometimes, it’s not the manager. It’s a word, it’s the selection of a player in a certain position and then it clicks and everything is alright.
“I need to find what makes them click as soon as possible.”
The back-to-back Stadium of Light defeats to the North West pair kept Sunderland as the only top-flight side without a win, with just one point from the opening seven games.
Six points separate Sunderland from fourth-bottom Fulham, yet Poyet will sense an opportunity in the next three games after two successive encounters against top four hopefuls.
Sunderland face bottom half sides Swansea and Newcastle in Poyet’s opening two games at the helm before travelling to newly-promoted Hull City.