Poyet frustrated with Sunderland draw habit

Steven Fletcher in action for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID
Steven Fletcher in action for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID

GUS POYET admits he has grown pig-sick of Sunderland’s draw habit after the Black Cats finished all-square for the fifth time in six outings.

Sunderland drew for the 10th time this season after finishing 1-1 against West Ham today, as Jordi Gomez’s penalty was cancelled out by a deflected leveller from ex-Black Cats loanee Stewart Downing.

Poyet’s side remain two points clear of the relegation zone, yet that margin could be narrowed to just one on Monday night when third bottom QPR are in action.

And head coach Poyet, who had targeted two wins before the end of 2014, admits the pattern of draws has grown tiresome.

Poyet said: “I’m getting a little bit frustrated now. I am here to win games and I want to win games.

“At the moment, it’s not possible - it takes a lot from the players to win one point.

“If somebody doesn’t really change dramatically individually - a player winning player of the month over the next few weeks - then we are going to be like this for the whole season and it is going to be difficult.

“It’s not enjoyable and it’s not what I am trying to achieve.

“We should be playing a little bit better, finishing the action better, passing better, crossing better. At the moment we are defending very well and trying our best.

“That’s where we are and I don’t think we can hide behind anything.”

Poyet is looking for new attacking recruits in the January transfer window, but the Uruguayan says he has known since the summer that additional quality was required.

“I knew that six months ago, so it is nothing new for me,” he said.

“Against West Ham, our crossing was terrible, we couldn’t pass the ball properly, we hit people in front.

“That is quality.

“That’s the difference between winning and drawing at the moment.

“It’s frustrating.”

Sunderland had the chances to regain the lead after Downing’s equaliser, with Jozy Altidore spurning the best of them when he missed a sitter in first half stoppage time.

“He’s devastated,” added Poyet.

“I’ve never seen Jozy like that.”