Why Poyet made a mistake with his post-match comments after QPR defeat

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet needs to stop criticising supporters of the club.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet seems on a mission to aggravate supporters by constantly criticising the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light.

Poyet has taken digs at Sunderland's fans this season on more than one occasion and is threatening to damage his relationship with the supporters by doing so.

Since the start of the year the Uruguayan has taken two digs at Black Cats fans, and he criticised them again in the Northern Echo after last night's defeat to QPR.

His focus on the atmosphere rather distracts from the real issues at hand, though. Poyet may have pulled off a miracle keeping Sunderland up last season, with a wonderful run of form, but, by and large, they have been mediocre at best under his leadership.

The Black Cats have struggled for goals during his time in charge and although things have improved since the arrival of Jermain Defoe in January, they are far from perfect.

It is, therefore, hardly surprising that there should be some unrest when the side are losing 2-0 at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Sunderland faced a team that have not won away all season and buckled, putting them back under pressure, and the fact that Black Cats wanted the tempo and desire raised is not something Poyet should be concerned about.

Instead, he needs to start building his bridges with a fan-base that are becoming increasingly disconnected with his management of the team and should be doing everything within his power to get them on side rather than disillusioning them further.

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