Pantilimon takes different approach to Poyet, empathises with Sunderland supporters

Gus Poyet has criticised the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light this week, but Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon says he understands how supporters feel.

Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has told the Shields Gazette that he understands how supporters of the club feel.

There is a massive sense of frustration around the Stadium of Light at the moment, with fans becoming annoyed with the lack of attacking intent the team are showing.

Sunderland have scored just 19 goals in their first 22 Premier League matches and Pantilimon was honest in his assessment that his side have not lived up to expectations this campaign. 

“I understand how the fans feel, because I know they support us all the time," he said.

“They are with us home and away, and sometimes we have not given them what they expect."

Just this week Gus Poyet has commented in the Shields Gazette on how the atmosphere at Sunderland home games has begun to turn sour, but it will be up to the team to stop these complaints. 

They have a good chance to do that this weekend when they take on Burnley in Premier League action.

Sunderland are the heavy favourites for the tie, but Burnley are the sort of opposition they have struggled against so far this campaign.

The Clarets will be more than happy to sit back and soak up pressure and it will be up to Poyet's side to show creativity if they are to claim the three points, which would be huge for their season.

At the moment both Sunderland and Burnley are just one point away from the drop zone, meaning that the importance of the match can hardly be overstated. 

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