SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet was left “shocked” and “scared” by how poorly his team performed against Norwich City at the weekend.
And though the point taken from the Canaries might still be a valuable one, Poyet was not exactly bristling with confidence after his side failed to pierce one of the poorest defences in the Premier League.
“We made decisions in the last third of the field that were just scary,” the Black Cats’ head coach said, eyes wide, head shaking slowly in a gesture of disbelief.
“Players who took shots should never have shot from where they were, and other players had chances to shoot but when they should have done, for some reason they did not.
“I have no explanation for that.
“I cannot explain it.
“We just needed to be ourselves, but, technically, we were awful.
“In the first half, we we produced passes that scared me. We made poor decisions all the time and that shocked me – we were as poor as we have seen.”
Poyet was offered the explanation that maybe the pressure to win the game had got to his side.
He looked unconvinced.
“It’s hard to work out why we played the way we did,” he frowned. “Maybe it WAS nerves.
“I’m realistic, though, about our situation.
“I know that we have to be better and when there’s some new problem every week, that suggests the problems are deeper.
“I think today we have a clearer picture as to why we are bottom.”