Sunderland boss expects hectic end to window after QPR loss

Gus Poyet
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GUS POYET expects to spend the penultimate day of the transfer window glued to the telephone.

Sunderland succumbed to their first defeat of the season at QPR today, yet that won’t prompt a knee-jerk reaction from the Black Cats before Monday’s 11pm deadline.

Poyet was already looking to bring in two or three players before the end of the window, with forwards Ricky Alvarez and main summer target Fabio Borini, along with defenders Virgil van Dijk, Sebastian Coates and Toby Alderweireld all on Sunderland’s hit-list.

As was the case in Friday’s pre-match press conference, Poyet again refused to be drawn on names after the 1-0 loss at Loftus Road, but he does expect a busy 48 hours ahead of him.

Poyet said: “We know the numbers that I want to work with and we know the numbers that we were.

“I’m going to be on the phone all tomorrow.

“It’s supposed to be a day off tomorrow, but it’s not going to be!

“We’re going to do something and let’s hope it’s good ones.

“There are important positions that we need to strengthen.”

Sunderland started the game at Loftus Road in the ascendancy, with both Patrick van Aanholt and Steven Fletcher going close in the opening 20 minutes.

But after QPR enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure, Sunderland paid the price for conceding in first half stoppage time, as Charlie Austin netted the only goal of the game.

“I don’t think there was too much difference between the two teams,” said Poyet.

“I think we started well in the game, we were in control, they couldn’t get the ball off us and then the last 15 minutes of the first half changed it.

“After that shot from (Leroy) Fer (that hit the bar) it brought the supporters a little bit up.

“The goal changed the game.

“We gave QPR the chance to play the second half in a different way, which helped them to defend in the way they defended.

“But we’d been giving the ball away cheaply, even in our own half, which we normally don’t do.

“And that gave the momentum to QPR.

“When you give the other team opportunitis, especially in English football, then that makes the difference.”