GUS POYET is glad to see Sunderland remove the stigma from their winless start to the season.
Sunderland recorded their first Premier League victory of the campaign against Stoke City today, to receive a timely boost prior to the two-week international break.
The Black Cats had drawn five of their first six league outings, but Poyet’s men built on that foundation by breaking their win duck to cap a solid start to the campaign.
Poyet said: “We can say we’ve lost one in seven now.
“When you talk about the last few years at Sunderland, you have to think something is going on quite well.
“That hasn’t happened too many times.
“Now we need to confirm that.
“I can see the group is stronger. We’ve had a few injuries now for a few weeks.
“And everybody needs to be available. It doesn’t matter who plays, at the end of the day, it’s the club.
“It wasn’t our best day, but we performed well and scored three goals - which we normally don’t.
“It’s nice for everybody to forget about getting that first win.
“It’s a good feeling and I’m very pleased for the players.
“We knew inside the camp that we were a difficult team to play against, but without a win, there are always some doubts, some nerves.
“I think it was very important for the players to win this game.”
Meanwhile, Poyet confirmed that Emanuele Giaccherini, Sebastian Coates and Ricky Alvarez - all absent from the squad today - are facing lengthy periods on the sidelines through injury.
“We’ve got two or three players who are going to be out for a while,” added Poyet.
“So we need the squad.
“That’s football I suppose. The risk is injuries, so now we need everybody to be there.”
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