GUS Poyet believes the Premier League relegation race will go right down to the wire.
On a weekend when rock-bottom Fulham beat Newcastle United to leave just seven points separating eight clubs at the foot of the table, Poyet saw his side draw with Crystal Palace to keep things on a knife edge for the Wearsiders.
And the Sunderland boss said: “Nothing will change until the last game of the season.
“I don’t think any team is going to go in the next four or five weeks – I don’t think that’s the way it is going to be.
“It is going to be so incredibly close – it could come down to one goal, one point, so we have to be clever.
“We have to be smart because it might just come down to losing 2-0 or 3-0 in a game, as opposed to 7-0 – something like that.
“So we have to be thinking all the time.
“It’s not going to be easy but if we try, if we fight like we did against Palace, we’ve got a chance.”
Poyet felt that his players’ deserved the reward of a win for their big effort against the Eagles.
But no matter how many times his players got the ball into the Palace box, they could not get it in the back of the net.
And although the Uruguayan was reluctant to put it all down to bad fortune, he did feel just a kinder bounce of the ball here and there would have made all the difference to his side against a labouring Palace outfit.
“I’m not going to put everything on luck,” he said.
“But sometimes you need something to go for you in the game and it just didn’t happen for us on the day.
“We tried everything to make it happen but it wasn’t to be.