Sunderland boss looking to reverse nightmare Spurs defeat

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Gus Poyet is hoping to reverse his fortunes when Sunderland play Spurs this weekend, having been on the end of a 5-1 thrashing last season.

Despite Lee Cattermole registering his first strike for the Black Cats to take the lead, the North Londoners put in a wondrous second half performance to score four times - claiming a 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane.

Coming in April 2014, it sent Sunderland further into relegation despair, before a string of incredible results saw them remain in the top flight. However, the defeat, as well as the 2-1 home defeat by the same opposition, are some of the ‘darkest' moments of head coach Gus Poyet’s career - by his own admission.

Poyet is preparing to face his former club this weekend, this time at the Stadium of Light, knowing that, even if his team perform well, results can go against them.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the former Chelsea man said: “Whatever we were doing, we couldn’t win."

“We had a great 88 minutes against Palace, but couldn’t score and nearly lost. We played a more than decent game against Liverpool away and we didn’t get a point. We played well enough to win against West Ham, but we lost."

“It was every single game. And then we went to Spurs and we got destroyed."

“So, yes, it looked really, really bad at that time. The team was quite lost.”

Despite having yet recorded a victory this season, the Black Cats are in much better spirits, having started the season with two draws - including a 1-1 tie with Manchester United - before going down to a 1-0 loss at QPR. The Spurs tie promises to be the toughest game that Poyet has prepared his team for this season, and he knows that his squad need to be ‘better than ok’ if they want to come away with a result.

He added: “Last year, we got destroyed at Spurs away and even at home (December’s 2-1 defeat) it was one of my darkest days."

“They’ve got quality and a very interesting team with a new manager (Mauricio Pochettino), so we need to be good."

“Sometimes I say to the players, OK is not enough and this is a game where we need to be better than OK."

“We need to take advantage of certain things, because Spurs have got certain problems as well. We’ve got no excuses, everyone is fit, so we’ll see.”

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