Poyet's comments expose a major problem for Sunderland this season

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that his team do not enjoy defending, which is not a good sign...

Gus Poyet said that Sunderland won by doing the part of football which they don't enjoy last night against Crystal Palace.

The Black Cats picked up a crucial three points at Selhurst Park thanks to two goals from Steven Fletcher and a fine strike from Jordi Gomez, but Poyet was keen to focus on their defence after the match.

The game itself was not one for the purists, with a nervy feel to it throughout, and Poyet's comments after the game were particularly revealing.

"We had everybody defending and trying to fight for each other," he said to the Shields Gazette. "We were doing the part that we don’t enjoy."

Poyet seems to be suggesting that his team do not enjoy defending and that has be a concern for the side's supporters.

The side have leaked goals this season, but they simply cannot continue with a blasé attitude to the defensive side of the game throughout the campaign.

Poyet has always played football with a passing style, but he may have to sacrifice some of his principles if they are to stay up this campaign.

Sunderland have simply been too open so far and they most start showing more organisation if they are to climb up the table.

The fact that they have such a soft core is a worry, though. The likes of Adam Johnson, Sebastian Larsson, Jordi Gomez, Connor Wickham and Will Buckley are all forward thinking options, but they must continue doing what they don't enjoy if they are to be successful.

Even Sunderland's defence appears to lack steel, with a lot of their back-four more comfortable with the ball than without it, and that could be a problem which continues throughout the season.

Poyet may say that his team do not enjoy defending, but he needs to ensure that they start to like it because if they do not start taking more pride in being resolute then it could prove costly. 

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