‘Okay’ not enough for Sunderland after Burnley draw, says Poyet

Santiago Vergini
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GUS POYET admits “okay” isn’t sufficient for Sunderland at the moment after the Black Cats recorded a fourth draw in five Premier League outings.

Sunderland ground out a dire stalemate at newly-promoted Burnley today, to prolong their search for a first top flight victory of the campaign.

Both sides struggled to create any clear-cut chances and head coach Poyet says he needs to start seeing that extra quality from the winless Black Cats.

Poyet said: “It took us a while and when we started playing how I want, we were doing it for three or four minutes now and then, not consistently enough.

“We played okay, but okay is not enough in the Premier League. You need to play better than okay.

“We’re defending okay, passing the ball okay, but we need to be better than that.

“I was expecting a little bit more.

“I wanted to control the game more, wanted to be in better positions or create better chances.

“It was one of those days where everything we planned, didn’t really go as well as we would like.

“You cannot play okay, because you’re going to get punished. One deflection, one action, one shot which goes in and you lose the game.”

Like Sunderland, Burnley offered a minimal goal threat, albeit both sides were denied by the woodwork in the dying stages.

But Poyet believes Sunderland should have made the extra quality in their ranks count against a Clarets side who haven’t found the net since the opening weekend of the season.

Poyet added: “We needed to impose certain things, with all respect to Burnley.

“We’ve got players who’ve played at the highest level and cost a lot of money, but these are the games we need to stand up as a team and as individuals.

“It was a great opportunity to take three points and we missed it, with all respect to Burnley.”