Sunderland boss defiant after West Ham defeat

Gus Poyet tonight

Gus Poyet tonight

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SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet promised his side would continue to fight for the Premier League status after tonight’s demoralising defeat.

“It’s difficult to accept,” he said.

“Sometimes when you see a team at the bottom, they have no spirit, heart and give up. I don’t think it’s possible to see my team giving up.

“The downside of the game (is the defending) and we knew that was the way they could hurt us. We will have a few chats about that.”

Poyet felt his men had been worthy of a penalty when Kevin Nolan appeared to elbow the ball in the box.

“It was clear, deliberate. He tried to play the ball with his hand.

“You would need to ask the referee. It was easy to see but that’s the way it’s been,” he added.

“I hope we get some luck; a decision from the ref or a deflected shot goes in. It’s about winning now. We have a chance and will go to the end.”