GUS POYET claims there is a culture of mistakes at Sunderland which he has been unable to halt in his year at the helm.
Sunderland paid the price for another two howlers in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, as the Black Cats continued the pattern of self-inflicted wounds from the previous weekend’s 8-0 drubbing at Southampton.
Poyet’s side had begun the season with a resiliency after losing just one of the opening seven games, yet following Newcastle’s win at Spurs yesterday, Sunderland now find themselves in the bottom three.
Head coach Poyet admits the manner of the two back-to-back defeats has led him to question the progress made under his stewardship in changing the mentality at the Stadium of Light.
“I thought until last week that we were a very difficult team to play against,” said Poyet.
“I think on Saturday we showed glimpses of that.
“But we couldn’t get away from the mistakes.
“We made too many last year. We scored too many own goals.
“We’re still conceding too many own goals and still making too many individual mistakes.
“That part of it we didn’t improve at all (over the last year). It’s still there.
“It’s still inside the group, the club whatever you call it.
“That’s something I haven’t improved. Is that my mistake or responsibility? It’s up to you to judge.”