DRAW specialists Sunderland need to take advantage of back-to-back Stadium of Light outings to break their Premier League duck, says Gus Poyet.
The Black Cats’ wait for a first top-flight victory of the campaign drags on after a dire 0-0 stalemate at Burnley on Saturday left Poyet’s side with four draws from five games.
Sunderland won four of their final five outings last season to remain in the Premier League, yet have struggled to replicate that ruthlessness this time around.
Poyet admits that his new-look Sunderland side is still to gel, but hopes to see a breakthrough in successive home games against Swansea and Stoke after tomorrow’s Capital One Cup third round visit of the Potters.
“The problem is (last season) we were in that situation when we were making better decisions,” said Poyet.
“And, for some reason, the team clicked.
“At the moment, we are not playing terrible, but we are not playing fantastic.
“We are still trying to find that 11 that is going to give us the first win.
“We’ve got opportunities at home now; not only in the cup, but also in the Premier League.
“We need to win one.”
However, when pressed about whether he was concerned about the wait for a first league win dragging on and on, Poyet played down the run of results, with Sunderland still managing to keep their points tally ticking over.
“As long as we keep getting points, then the more points we’ve got!” added the Uruguayan.
“But we need to perform.
“I’m looking for performances and when we perform, we’ve got a better chance.
“We played better against QPR and we lost. On Saturday, we played worse and we got a point.
“You compensate during the season, but the idea is to put yourselves in better situations to win the games, because if not, it’s going to be difficult.”
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