Gus Poyet: Sunderland need cutting edge

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has criticised his side for a lack of cutting edge in the final third after being held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham on Saturday.

Sunderland may have only tasted defeat once in their last seven outings, but have only managed one victory during that period.

The Black Cats were delighted to come through a tricky run of fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool with two points gained.

However, Poyet has called on his side to show more composure in the final third as the season progresses and they look to put more of a gap between themselves and the bottom three.

The north-east outfit take on bitter rivals Newcastle in their next outing and Poyet recognises that they will need to be more clinical if they are to take anything away from St James’ Park.

Forward Jordi Gomez fired Sunderland into the lead from the penalty spot in Saturday’s meeting with the in-form Hammers, before Stewart Downing bagged the equaliser.

Poyet admitted that his side had more than enough chances to kill off the game at the Stadium of Light, but he was left feeling frustrated.
Poyet said: “I want more and I want to win, but this is where Sunderland Football Club is at the moment.

“We had 14 or 15 shots and hit the target two or three times. I’m a little bit frustrated. It was something I was not expecting to have this year.

“I want to improve and want to get better. I don’t want to be in this position every week. I’m frustrated because we should be in a better position, but I repeat, this is what we are.”

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