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Sunderland head into Monday night’s trip to Spurs as the Premier League’s bottom club, and boss Gus Poyet admits that they need to find their form soon if they are to avoid the drop.
Poyet replaced Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light in October and initially results started to improve, with the Sunderland boss admitting that he thought the 3-0 win at arch rivals Newcastle United on February 1 marked a turning point for his side.
However, Sunderland have picked up just one point in six games since and Poyet is well aware that time is running out for the struggling Black Cats.
“I thought that day at Newcastle that we’d clicked,” Poyet told The Guardian. “I was wrong. I thought ‘that’s it, yes, now everything’s going to work out fine’. What’s happened since indicates I was wrong.
“In January we were winning so many important games [in the league and cups] and it was bringing the players together. Now we need a shock to get us going again.”
Sunderland are seven points adrift of safety following wins for West Brom and Crystal Palace on Saturday but they do have three games in hand over most of their rivals at the foot of the table after reaching the League Cup final and the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Sunderland can be backed at 5.99 to take all three points at White Hart Lane on Monday, while Spurs are 1.58 to come out on top and the draw is priced at 3.70.