Poyet: Sunderland need to take more risks against Spurs

BALANCING ACT ... Poyet.
BALANCING ACT ... Poyet.

GUS POYET admits Sunderland may need to start taking more risks to avoid an unassailable gulf at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Basement boys Sunderland head into tomorrow’s Stadium of Light clash against Spurs five points adrift of safety, with a significantly worse goal difference than their relegation rivals.

Head coach Poyet realises that the Black Cats cannot let that gap become too big to claw back and says Sunderland will have to be more adventurous to get the wins needed to stay in contention.

Poyet said today: “Unfortunately, with still having only eight points, looking at the table it’s not great and we need to win football games.

“It’s a tough balance.

“We need to maybe start taking a few more risks because we don’t have enough points and we don’t want to be in a situation where it’s difficult to catch the teams in front of us.

“At the moment, we can’t put two wins together.

“Every time we take a step forward, the second step is flat or backwards.”

Poyet believes those victories will arrive though if Sunderland maintain their performance levels from Wednesday night’s 4-3 defeat to Chelsea and last weekend’s stalemate at Aston Villa.

“If we play seven or eight games like the other day or against Aston Villa and we don’t win, then there’s something incredible at this football club,” added Poyet.

“If you perform like that for seven or eight games, you’ll win three or four.

“We defended very well against Villa, but we didn’t score from two yards.

“We scored three against Chelsea, but defended really badly.

“You need to defend well and take your chances and then you’ll be a much more consistent team.”