Gus Poyet to improve Sunderland home form

CATS BOSS: Gus Poyet. Picture by FRANK REID
CATS BOSS: Gus Poyet. Picture by FRANK REID

GUS Poyet says his next target is to improve Sunderland’s home form – starting with the visit of Southampton this weekend.

The boss has overseen a steady and impressive improvement at Sunderland over the last few weeks, with the club losing only once in their last nine games.

On Saturday they humbled relegation rivals Fulham 4-1 at Craven Cottage to lift the club off the bottom of the Premier League table for the first time since September.

That was achieved on the back of a five-game unbeaten run away from home.

But having spread joy to Sunderland’s away support, Poyet says he feels the need to produce home comforts at the Stadium of Light.

“I’m delighted with the Fulham result but I want to win at home now,” he said.

“Our away fans have been fantastic and we have not lost away from home in five so they are delighted.

“But our home fans have suffered more in the league and I want to end that now.”

The Uruguayan is perfectly correct in his assessment of course with Sunderland’s record on their travels having improved dramatically on the back of away wins at Everton and Fulham and a last gasp draw at Cardiff.

The Black Cats have now taken 10 points away from home, which casts the seven points picked up at the Stadium of Light this campaign into stark contrast.

That poor record has been masked to some extent by a string of home win in the cup competitions – five in all – but Poyet knows home wins are a priority especially with so many of the league’s lesser lights to visit the Stadium of Light in the weeks ahead.

Poyet, enjoying a full week on the training pitch, feels he is getting closer to knowing his best XI.

“I like a settled side and I think we are starting to get that,” he said. “We have seven or eight places that are are sorted, leaving only two or three places up for grabs.

“On top of that, the players have been training well and that is important when it comes to matches.”