GUS Poyet was as down after Sunderland’s goalless draw with Norwich at the weekend as he had been after the limp loss to Spurs in the previous Premier League home game.
But supporters can be reassured that today the Uruguayan will have been back to his normal ebullient, enthusiastic self on the Academy of Light training pitch.
“I’m a machine,” he smiled on Saturday as he realised his deep unhappiness at the performance against Norwich might be interpreted as defeatism.
“I do not get deflected or down.
“I come back Monday with a clear view of what we have to do against Everton on Boxing Day and then it is about decision-making, quality and putting the ball in the box.”
His primary job will be trying to ensure his team produces its best performances more regularly.
“Sunderland did not look like a bottom of the table side against West Ham and they did not look like a bottom of the table side against Chelsea,” he observed.
“But we were poor against Norwich.
“Why was that? A bad day at the office?
“Can we afford one? No we can’t, and it was unexpected so we have to look at that.
“We have a point from the Norwich game
“So be it.
“We have to hope it is a big point.”
Sunderland need better displays against Everton, Cardiff and Aston Villa by the turn of the year.
But they are likely to have to do it without Wes Brown – with the club not expected to appeal his three-game ban after he was sent off in the last moments of Saturday’s game.
“If it is a ban, it will be more difficult without Wes, that’s for sure,” said Poyet.
“We were getting stability in defence and we’d got back-to-back clean sheets, but now we’ve lost one of our leaders.
“Wes Brown is a player you don’t want to lose, but that’s what happens when you are at the bottom – there’s always something – but that’s life at the bottom and you have to get on with it.”