UNDER-PRESSURE Gus Poyet says he has to shoulder the blame for Sunderland’s dire defeat against fellow strugglers Aston Villa.
Sunderland slumped to fourth bottom in the Premier League table after a first-half rout from Villa saw the visitors take advantage of some woeful defending from Poyet’s men.
When you are responsible, you have to take itChris Young
Villa managed to double their tally of away goals for the entire season within 45 minutes, as thousands headed to the exit door before the half-time whistle had even sounded.
Poyet said: “I am responsible. I am one of the few in football now who is honest.
“If things go right, I am responsible and if things go wrong I am responsible. I don’t pick and choose.
“I hate people who pick and choose – they have too many faces.
“When you are responsible, you have to take it.
“I pick the team, we train in a certain way, but then it is about Saturday at 3 o’clock.
“(I’m feeling ) A mix of disappointment and shock.
“We started very well, everything was going well, the stadium was fantastic and then we conceded one goal and after that it was awful.
“Sometimes things happen for a reason.”
Inevitably, Poyet was asked about his own future at the club and whether he had spoken to chairman Ellis Short – who removed Martin O’Neill from the manager’s position at a similar stage two years ago.
But Poyet said: “I don’t speak to the owner after every game, we speak when we need to speak.
“I am just trying to accept something for which I don’t have any explanation – what happened in the first half.
“I prefer not to go into details. I’m going to analyse the first half very carefully, and then we’ll see.”
However, Poyet did admit he would have acted in a similar fashion to those who flocked to the exit doors, as the Stadium of Light’s biggest crowd of the season were rewarded with arguably the worst home performance of the campaign.
Poyet added: “I would do the same, yes. And to be honest, they were quite alright.
“They did what they have to do. It was not acceptable.
“The first half was not acceptable.
“A few weeks ago against QPR there was the excuse that we started badly, but today we started well and yet we lost.
“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.”