MICHAEL Laudrup claimed it would be wrong to write off Sunderland’s Premier League hopes after the Black Cats’ sixth straight league defeat in a row.
Gus Poyet’s first game in charge ended with the Wearsiders’ biggest defeat of the season – the 4-0 loss at Swansea leaving them now with just one point from their first 24.
But Swans boss Laudrup said: “There are still 30 games to go and in this league – two wins, six points, and you are almost there.
“Sometimes, though, you need just a little bit of luck in one or two games to go your way and that’s what Sunderland need right now.
“But you can never say at this stage that any team is down.
“That will be decided in the last two months of the season – until the last two months of the season come along, we don’t really know anything.
“No team has won the title two months before the end of the season.
“So it is not the first two months.of the campaign that counts, it is all about how things stand in those last two months.”
The Dane was, though, delighted to get Swansea’s first league win at home this season – as the lack of all three league points at the Liberty Stadium was becoming something of a talking point.
“I should point out we’ve done well on home soil in Europe but, yes, this was our first win in the league,” he noted.
“And I’m happy to have got the win because we played against three of the top teams at home this season and it has been a difficult start.”
He pointed out, however, that people were wrong to see victory as a foregone conclusion.
“People assume you’re going to win because you are playing the bottom team with just one point,” added the Dane.
“But they have just changed manager and everyone wants to please the new person. We knew it would be difficult because we knew how motivated Sunderland’s players would be.”
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