GUS Poyet says Sunderland are not the only Premier League side to find it harder to get points at home than they do on their travels, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.
The Black Cats’ draw against Southampton at the weekend means they have not won in the league at the Stadium of Light since early November when Manchester City were beaten 1-0.
But Swansea, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Spurs are in the same boat and Poyet said: “A few teams are finding it hard to pick up points at home this season.
“Maybe that is because there is more pressure on them to win games at home, maybe it is because they are better set up for counter-attacking, maybe it is because their good form at home will come later.
“I think sometimes it is difficult for the players, playing at home – depending on how much they are affected individually by the pressure, depends on how much the team is affected – but I’m not too worried at the moment.
“We need to win home games, but we are also allowed to win away games too – you get three points from them as well.
“And I don’t really care where the points come, just so long as, between the home and away games, we get enough.
“We beat Fulham away, but it doesn’t mean that you can assume you’ll beat Southampton.
“Having said that, I didn’t expect the first 30 minutes we saw against Southampton – the idea was to know how we would handle the challenge from early on, but we didn’t and, within five minutes, we were a goal down.
“Southampton managed to control the game better than us, but we reacted and we got a point.”
Although Sunderland missed out on securing back-to-back league wins which would have taken the club out of the bottom three going into this win, Poyet was happy enough with the point, as Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson turned the game around from a 2-0 deficit.
“It was a very good point,” he smiled: “I’m very realistic.
“We played badly from the start and nothing seemed right for us in the first 30 minutes.
“I would have taken a point at that stage, that’s for sure!
“And then Fabio scored and it is incredible how a goal can change the game.
“Then we got to half-time and somehow we’ve come out and got a point“
“There were so many things that were not right for us in that first half-hour and we were second-best in everything.
“But the good news is the other side of things – that we were capable of coming back to draw.”