Poyet identifies two players not to blame for Sunderland's defeat

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that Connor Wickham and Danny Graham were not at fault for their defeat to Aston Villa.

Gus Poyet has insisted in the Sunderland Echo that his substitutes do not deserve any criticism for their performances in the Black Cats' 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Sunderland were heavily beaten by Villa, but Poyet feels that anyone who came off the substitutes' bench doesn't deserve any blame.

Connor Wickham and Danny Graham both entered the field during the second half of the match and Poyet was refusing to point the finger at either of them. 

“The subs were not responsible," he said. “To be honest, I didn’t want to make any changes.

“Sometimes when you’re 4-0 down at half-time, the players deserve to stay on the pitch and for those on the bench, it’s not nice to go on."

It is true that Wickham and Graham came on in non-ideal circumstances, as Sunderland's heads had already dropped by the time they got the chance to play.

The Black Cats were 4-0 down by the time they entered the field and, as a result, even if they had put in brilliant performances, the result had already been settled. 

Despite that, Wickham and Graham would have been hoping to have more impact to prove that Sunderland had more fighting spirit than they showed.

The Wearsiders appeared to lack desire throughout the contest and it has left a feeling of frustration at the Stadium of Light. 

Sunderland are now just one point above the drop zone and unless their performances improve considerably they are in real danger of falling into the bottom three. 

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