Gus Poyet calls for better Sunderland performances

The Uruguayan manager believes that the Sunderland players need to give the fans something to cheer about.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has called on the players to give the fans something to cheer about.

The Black Cats were beaten 1-0 at home by Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, meaning they have won just one home game so far this season.

That victory was three months ago, and a chorus of boos greeted the latest defeat at the Stadium of Light as the fan base showed their displeasure at their sides’ latest poor home display.

Poyet says that he understand the fans’ frustrations, calling on his squad to step up to the challenge in front of them and give the fans something to cheer.

Speaking to the Sunderland Chronicle, he said: “Yes, in a certain way I can understand [the fans’ reaction].”

“I don’t think it is time to ask the fans for anything – it is time for us to give them something. We need to make sure we give them a few more wins at home, so that they can enjoy.”

However, the Uruguayan thinks that the fans should be a bit more patient with his team following a turbulent few years in the North East.

“I think they need to accept the reality. I think they should look at the team, and what has been going on for the last four or five years,” he said.

“I think they should be a little bit more patient, but it’s true that at home we are not giving them too much.”

The home side went down to an early Lazar Markovic goal, and later saw Liam Bridcutt sent off for two bookable offences early in the second half of a game that will not live long in the memory of either set of fans.

“We lost 45 minutes of a very important game and when you do that against a team like Liverpool, normally you will get punished,” said the Sunderland manager.

“Then we tried when we went down to ten men, we played better and we passed the ball better, but on the day it was not enough.”

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