Sunderland boss asked Manchester United and Liverpool legends for defensive help

Gus Poyet asked Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher if there was any way to prevent Sunderland scoring own goals.

The Black Cats netted their fourth own goal of the season on Monday night, with Wes Brown being the unfortunate man to gift Crystal Palace an equaliser at Selhurst Park.

The former Manchester United man will have been grateful that his teammates - notably Steven Fletcher and Jordi Gomez - could do enough to claim a 3-1 victory, with the three points picked up moving the North Eastern club out of the relegation places.

Patrick van Aanholt, Liam Bridcutt and Santiago Vergini have also put the ball into their own net this term, remarkably all in the same game - the 8-0 thrashing at Sunderland - meaning that Gus Poyet’s men have now scored 10 own goals since August 2013 - which is more than any Sunderland player has scored at the right end of the pitch in the same period.

However, Poyet was unwilling to blame Brown for the mistake, claiming that it was his willingness to defend for the team that went against him.

Speaking to the Chronicle, the Uruguayan coach said: “The willingness of Wes to go back and cover that position when he saw a player free is what cost him. He was running so quickly that he couldn’t stop.

“It would be very easy to stay away from it and let the player score.”

Poyet also admitted that he had been speaking to Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville regarding whether there were any training methods he could utilise to limit the amount of own goals scored by his players.

“I was talking to the people from Sky,” he added.

“I was asking Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher if there was any training session they could put on to stop these own goals.

“They said ‘No’. It just happens.”

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