Sunderland displays more concerning than results, says Poyet

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GUS POYET insists winless Sunderland’s performance levels are causing him more worries than results.

Sunderland will attempt to break their duck at the sixth time of asking in tomorrow’s visit of Swansea after drawing four of their opening five games.

While the Black Cats have been labouring to record a maiden victory of the campaign, all bar two of their rivals in the bottom half have put a win on the board; Crystal Palace and West Brom both getting off the mark last weekend with surprise victories at Everton and Spurs respectively.

But head coach Poyet is not fretting over the results of others; nor Sunderland’s wait for a win.

Poyet believes that once Sunderland begin to play to his vision, then an upturn of results will inevitably follow.

“I need to concentrate more on the performance and what we want to do, and then the result should be a consequence,” said Poyet.

“It’s too early (in the season).

“With all respect, now I don’t care what everybody else does. I don’t.

“In the last few games of the season, when you need somebody to lose a point and you need to win, yeah we start playing with the numbers. But now, no, we don’t have anything to do with that.

“Last Sunday’s results did show though how tight the league is and how one decision can change a game completely, one way or the other.

“And then the team on the pitch needs to be ready for those decisions – for good or for bad.

“I’m sure people all over the world were not expecting us to win at Chelsea or at Man United last year, but it’s part of the game.

“I just think there are games in particular when you can do things to make sure you get the points from those games.

“In other ones, you know the opposition have certain qualities when you’ll need to have an incredible day.”

Sunderland face a tall order to record a much-needed first victory tomorrow, with Swansea bouncing back from defeats to Chelsea and Southampton to beat Everton 3-0 in their midweek Capital One Cup clash.

Garry Monk’s side triumphed in their opening three Premier League outings and Poyet says the possession-based philosophy of the Swans will hold no surprises tomorrow.

“I’m not expecting an easy game against Swansea,” added the Uruguayan.

“We know how they play, there’s no secrets. It’s clear how they’re going to play.”

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