Bridcutt's empathetic message for Sunderland's fans

Sunderland star Liam Bridcutt says the players feel the same as the club's fans at the moment.

Sunderland star Liam Bridcutt has told the Northern Echo he’s sympathetic towards the club’s fans.

Sunderland are enduring a difficult period under Gus Poyet, with criticism of his formation changes, which haven’t worked over the last couple of weeks.

Bridcutt has taken a defensive stance over criticism of his teammates from fans and has revealed he understands their view point.

“Sunderland is a big football club and the fans are a big part of that. I can understand why they are disappointed, but on the other hand we are in the same situation as them,” said Bridcutt.

“We’re disappointed with ourselves when we come off the pitch and we know all we can do is keep going.”

Bridcutt’s comments suggest there is a determination from himself and within the playing squad for the team to be able to turnaround performances quickly and effectively.

Sunderland need to push on and focus on climbing the table rather than getting drawn into a battle to avoid the drop, which is an all too familiar scenario for the club’s fans.

It’s a fair criticism to suggest that it’s the wrong time for Poyet to be experimenting with the setup of the side, but he has enough intelligence to stick with the right system as soon as he stumbles across it.

Sunderland face a massive game against Burnley this weekend and a win could push the team up a couple of places in the table and take some of the pressure away for the managers and the supporters.

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