Rowell Report: Size of Sunderland task is dawning on Poyet

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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THE SITUATION is quickly spiralling out of control as Sunderland find themselves cut adrift at the bottom and I’ve not seen Gus Poyet as low after a game as he was on Saturday.

Maybe the enormity of the task ahead is just starting to sink in and Poyet simply has to find a winning combination double-quick.

Whereas against Chelsea, there were many positives, that wasn’t the case against Spurs and the defeat could have been heavier.

Poyet’s intentions were clear from his team selection - when he named both Jozy Altidore and Steven Fletcher - that he wanted to attack Spurs and he must have thought it was working when we took the lead.

But after an even first half, it was alarming how easily Spurs controlled the second period and they carved us open so many times.

Spurs were quicker, sharper and stronger in every department and it looked as if the effort put in against Chelsea had taken away all the energy of the Sunderland players.

Having said all that, there just had to be a controversial incident go against us and it arrived with what should have been a blatant penalty for handball.

If the penalty is given, it would have been an opportunity to level the scores and that changes the whole complexion of the game.

The referee was in the perfect position, he obviously saw it, so why no penalty? I’d love to hear the answer to that question.

But just eight points from 15 games has turned this season into a nightmare.

With games coming up against teams just above us, they are opportunities that can’t afford to be squandered.