Why Poyet could learn from experienced Sunderland star's comments after Bradford defeat

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Wes Brown refused to make any excuses for Sunderland's defeat to Bradford City in the FA Cup.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet could learn a lot from Wes Brown's comments in the Chronicle.

The Black Cats boss has seemingly been happy to blame everybody except himself for Sunderland's failings of late, but Brown was less eager to pass to buck after Sunderland's defeat to Bradford City in the FA Cup.

The centre-back could have followed in his manager's footsteps and been quick to make excuses after Sunderland's 2-0 loss to their lower league opponents, but he focused on his side's failings instead. 

“If I am being honest, Bradford played exactly how we thought they would," he said. “They are used to doing that and adapted to the pitch a bit better. However, we are a Premiership team and we are playing Bradford, no disrespect to Bradford. We knew what sort of game it was going to be and they certainly did that. We just did not do enough."

Sunderland had a ready made excuse after they were denied a stonewall penalty, which could have put them level, when Steven Fletcher was hauled down, but Brown again refused to blame the referee's decision for their defeat. 

“I have seen it afterwards and it is a blatant penalty but that is football," he said. "It did not go for us and you just have to get on with it.”

It is an attitude which is likely to endear himself to the Sunderland fans, who have become frustrated with Poyet's tendency to fail to take any accountability for their poor form.

The Uruguayan manager has blamed the club's supporters, the media and the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light for their results in recent times, but he has not reflected on his responsibility in their demise. 

It is a feature of his management which is seeing pressure grow on his position and unless Poyet changes his attitude, as well as the club's results, his job looks in severe jeopardy. 

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