Poyet gives encouraging statement about Sunderland's tactics against Burnley

Sunderland are set to adopt an attacking approach against Burnley this weekend.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has told the club's official website that the time for excuses has run out for his side.

The Black Cats have found goals hard to come by this season and their supporters have become frustrated with the lack of entertainment at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have regularly played on the back-foot in the 2014/15 campaign, but Poyet says that his side cannot wait for opposition errors and wants them set the tempo of the match against Burnley this weekend.

“We need to make sure we do our bit because we’re at home so we need to make sure the fans get excited, and when you give them a little bit they’re up so we also need to give them the quality they deserve because they have paid for a ticket," he said.

“We need to be the ones making things happen instead of waiting for a mistake, a refereeing decision or for the fans to take the team to another level."

Sunderland have scored a total of 19 goals in 22 games so far this campaign, with a lack of firepower the major reason behind their struggles to collect wins.

The Black Cats’ total of three victories is the lowest that any side in the Premier League has managed and, as a result, they currently lie just one point above the relegation zone.

A triumph against Burnley would be a big step towards safety, though, as the Clarets are also fighting to beat the drop.

At the moment Sean Dyche's side are level on points with Sunderland, meaning that Saturday's game is of utmost importance to both teams, and Black Cats supporters will be pleased to hear that their side plan to attack their way to three points.

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