Sunderland’s South Korean spouts Uruguayan philosophy

Sunderland's Ki Sung-Yeung.
Sunderland's Ki Sung-Yeung.
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KI SUNG-YEUNG is convinced Sunderland can take Gus Poyet’s philosophy on the road.

But the South Korean international acknowledges that the Black Cats need to prove they can overcome their travel sickness by putting points on the board.

Basement boys Sunderland have suffered defeats in each of Poyet’s three away games and will look to avoid a sixth successive loss on their travels when they head to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Yet Ki was encouraged by Sunderland’s performance in last weekend’s defeat at Stoke City, prior to the pivotal dismissal of Wes Brown, and says it showed Poyet’s possession-based strategy can see the Wearsiders enjoy spells of domination away from the Stadium of Light.

The on-loan Swansea midfielder hopes that can see Sunderland find a solution to their woeful away form.

Ki said: “We’ve got to improve our away record.

“We need to get a result in the away games, starting at Aston Villa.

“I think we’ve got the confidence to play this way away from home.

“It’s not easy, but we’re trying our best.

“And it’s a much better way of playing to what we were doing earlier in the season away from home.”

Sunderland’s away problems have stemmed from their lean streak in front of goal on the road.

The Black Cats have not found the net away from home since August’s defeat at Crystal Palace and have scored just twice all season on their travels.

Ki believes that stems from Sunderland’s failure to create sufficient opportunities, despite their improvement under Poyet.

“I think as a team, we are improving a lot,” added the 24-year-old.

“We’re passing the ball around well and creating chances

“But we need to make sure we start getting the first goal, that’s important.

“We need to create more chances to make it count if we’re the better team.”