Poyet: I would have done the same thing as the Sunderland fans

Gus Poyet has admitted that he understood fans leaving early as Sunderland fell to a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Gus Poyet has accepted the decision of some Sunderland fans who left the Stadium of Light early on Saturday.

Goals from Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor secured a 4-0 victory on Wearside for Villa, killing off the game inside the first half.

Although the performance was not as bad as the one shown by the Black Cats when they lost 8-0 at Southampton, it was arguably the worst home performance of the season, and it came as no surprise to see fans flocking to the exits early in the game.

The result has left Sunderland just one point clear of the relegation places, with no win in seven games, and precariously close to the bottom of the form table.

Should they continue at their current rate it would come as no surprise to see the Black Cats fall into the Championship at the end of this season, and, with the increased competition in that division, it may not be so easy to find an immediate route back to the top flight.

Fans were right to express their displeasure at the side’s performance on Saturday, and even when the crowds dispersed, boos could be heard loudly around the Stadium of Light. While the fans may be criticised for not supporting their team regardless of the current situation, head coach Poyet has admitted that he would have left early if he was watching the same game as a supporter.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the Uruguayan coach said: “I would do the same, yes. And to be honest, they were quite right.

“They did what they have to do. It [the performance] was not acceptable. The first half was not acceptable.

“It is about 90-plus minutes playing football, understanding and doing the right things, and we didn’t do that so we have no-one to blame but ourselves.”

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