GUS POYET admits he is not enjoying the succession of draws which is dogging Sunderland.
Prior to Saturday’s clash against West Ham, Sunderland head coach Poyet had preached how he was looking for two or three wins before the end of 2014 and, above all, wanted to avoid another draw.
But that was Sunderland’s fate against the high-flying Hammers, as they finished all-square for the 10th time in 16 Premier League matches this season.
Despite the Black Cats losing the fewest games among the sides currently lying outside the top six, Sunderland’s resilience is only small comfort for Poyet compared to the frustration of seeing his team draw five of their last six games.
Poyet said: “I want to do better and I want people to feel better.
“I am not enjoying this.
“I enjoy it when I win, but when I draw too many, I don’t enjoy it.
“Maybe the problem is me, it is my character. Maybe it is not possible.
“Maybe we will need to wait three years.
“The easiest way to solve all these problems is to get a player who can make the difference on his own.
“We don’t have one at the moment.
“Unless someone wins player of the month, like Connor Wickham and Adam Johnson did last season, it is going to be boring draws all the time.”
Sunderland had chances to claim all three points after Jordi Gomez’s penalty was cancelled out by ex-Black Cats loanee Stewart Downing.
Jozy Altidore spurned a sitter on the stroke of half-time, while Wickham was denied by an excellent save from Hammers stopper Adrian.
But, after seeing those chances created, Poyet does not believe it is a question of Sunderland needing to become more gung-ho going forwards to convert draws into wins.
“The problem with taking more risks is that, at the moment, we are getting into good positions to finish,” he added.
“If we weren’t then you could say we needed to take more risks to get more players ahead of the ball and play a different way.
“But we have created plenty of chances.
“It is about quality. That is what is lacking.”
As well as Sunderland’s deficiencies in the forward line, Poyet pointed to the problems at full-back, where Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt have both been sidelined for the last month.
“In my dream teams that I have coached for long periods to try to make them better, the central midfielder is very important,” added Poyet.
“With Liam Bridcutt and Lee Cattermole, we are well served there and I am delighted.
“Full-backs are another big feature.
“We started the season without a right-back. Billy Jones has been in and out. Anthony Reveillere has come from nowhere. He has been exceptional, but it shouldn’t be like that.
“We should have had three full-backs at the start of the season. We are behind.
“We got Santiago (Vergini) into positions to cross, but that is not his ability.
“We cannot find Anthony high up the pitch on his left foot because that is not his side. It is a handicap.”