Defoe calls for Sunderland to cut out schoolboy errors

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Sunderland will look to claim their first win of the season when they play West Ham on Saturday.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe has told the Sunderland Echo that his teammates need to cut out the schoolboy errors as they prepare to face West Ham.

The Black Cats are bottom of the Premier League after eight games, having failed to pick up a victory all season, with countless sloppy errors at the back costing them, and their main goal threat has called for his teammates to cut it out.

Sunderland's Jermain DefoeSunderland's Jermain Defoe

"When the ball is at the edge of your box, just be disciplined, kick it away, it's not difficult," Defoe told the Sunderland Echo.

"We are trying to play one-twos on the edge of our own box, it's a schoolboy error."

Since Defoe arrived on Wearside, the club have relied on him to get the goals that will keep them in the Premier League, and the England international has always delivered. Combined with Defoe's goals and strong defending, the Black Cats have become the masters of the great escape.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe looks dejectedSunderland's Jermain Defoe looks dejected

However, this year there has been no strong defending, and Defoe's goals have been worth nothing. The former 34-year-old has bagged four times already this season, but his goals have only won David Moyes a point.

Too many times Sunderland have been the makers of their own downfall with calamity defending. Against Stoke, the first goal came from Didier Ndong playing a pass off the referee, while errors against Everton, Tottenham and Crystal Palace have cost Sunderland dearly.

Defoe will always score goals, but his teammates need to take his message on board and cut out the schoolboy errors, otherwise his goals will count for nothing this season.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe looks dejectedSunderland's Jermain Defoe looks dejected

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