Poyet reveals what Sunderland's points target was for first half of the season

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is relatively satisfied with how his team have performed so far.

Gus Poyet says Sunderland are exactly on target in the Premier League, with just over half the season played. 

The Black Cats boss wanted his side to be on 20 points at this stage of the campaign and that is the exact total they have accumulated so far. 

Poyet admits that he is surprised that things have gone so closely to what he predicted and he is now wanting his side to push on. 

“My idea was to get over the line of 20 points from the first half of the season," he revealed to the Sunderland Echo. “I didn’t think it would be exactly 20, though!

"Now we have started the second part with 18 games to play. Let’s see if we can do it [pick up a run of wins, like last year] again this season with five, six or seven wins at home.”

Most of Sunderland's points have been collected because of their ability to avoid defeat. 

Although the Black Cats may not have won as many matches as Poyet would have hoped, they have been resilient and their habit of drawing has served them well.

It provides them with a solid foundation to build upon, but they will need to start gathering points at a better rate during the second half of the campaign if they are to avoid a relegation scrap. 

Sunderland are currently in 14th position in the Premier League table and if they were to finish there in May, Poyet would likely be reasonably pleased with their progress. 

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