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Poyet suggests it's his decision whether duo keep their places

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has hinted that Vito Mannone and Adam Johnson could lose their places in the squad.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has suggested that Vito Mannone's and Adam Johnson's places in the team could be under threat.

The pair have been in poor form lately and there have been calls for them to be taken out of the starting line-up at the Stadium of Light.

It seems that Poyet could be close to granting many of his supporters' wishes, too, but he does insist that any team-selection decision that is made will be his. 

"We can debate if Jonno (Adam Johnson) needs to play or doesn’t need to play, or if Vito Mannone needs to play or doesn’t need to play," he said to the Sunderland Echo. “That’s my decision."

The Black Cats' players are under increased scrutiny as they have made so many errors in their most recent fixtures. 

An 8-0 defeat to Southampton two weekends ago was humiliating, but their 2-0 loss to Arsenal last Saturday was also frustrating.

The side had proved to be a match for the Gunners for much of the game, but two avoidable errors proved costly and the side dropped into the relegation zone.

Fears are now starting to emerge over what direction this season is heading in and the side are desperate to avoid a repeat of last season, where they required a miraculous recovery to avoid the drop. 

The side's next fixture comes against Crystal Palace on Monday night and they will be determined to get back to winning ways. 

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