Sunderland boss Poyet eyeing winning run - starting with Burnley

Wes Brown
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GUS POYET hopes a Sunderland victory against Burnley can spark a winning run for the Black Cats.

Sunderland desperately need to find a cure for their home sickness in today’s visit of fellow strugglers Burnley in order to breathe a little easier in the relegation scrap.

For a Sunderland side who have recorded just one Premier League victory at the Stadium of Light all season, this is a make-or-break period with successive home games against Burnley, QPR and West Brom on the horizon.

But head coach Poyet hopes a three-point haul against Burnley can prove to be a turning point and be the catalyst for a run of back-to-back wins – a feat Sunderland haven’t achieved so far this season.

“The ideal scenario at 5pm would be us talking about a win,” said Poyet.

“I think it’s more a need of winning than anything else.

“To put a run like we had last year of three or four wins in a row.

“While you can go a month without winning, you can go the other way and win three.

“That’s the aim.

“It’s a very important game.

“This game has to be a turning point.

“We need to put everything we have been trying into a winning performance and go from there.

“I think the group is ready.”

Burnley have drawn at Newcastle and Manchester City in their last two league games on the road, with the Clarets registering 16 points from the 12 encounters.

And Poyet accepts that the pressure is on Sunderland, rather than Sean Dyche’s side, given the lean streak which the Black Cats have endured on their own patch.

“You know what to expect from Burnley,” said Poyet.

“If I was playing, I’d know exactly what they’re going to do and how they’re going to fight for each other, how together and organised they’re going to be.

“If they start well, they’ll get some confidence, especially being away from home.

“There’s not too much to lose for them.

“For them, it will be an easy game to play.

“The difficulty is for us because we’re playing at home and because of the last few performances.

“We need to match them in terms of energy and desire, and do our bit.

“We are better than we’re showing, and we should be better.”