Spurs defeat leaves Sunderland on the brink, says Poyet

April 09, 2014 - 12:29:13 am

LONDON: Monday’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur has left Sunderland in need of a miracle to avoid relegation from the Premier League, according to manager Gus Poyet.

The loss left the Black Cats bottom of the table with 25 points, seven off 17th-placed Norwich City, and despite having two matches in hand on many of the other teams fighting for their top flight status, Poyet said avoiding the drop was looking increasingly unlikely.

“I am realistic,” the Uruguayan, who replaced Paolo Di Canio in October with the side having taken one point from their first seven matches, told reporters following the White Hart Lane defeat.

“When you look at the table and you look at the games that we have left and how many we need to win - I think we need a miracle, something unique, a shock.

“And if not, I cannot see it happening.”

Poyet said they would already have been relegated if not for the cup form.

“As soon as we lost that run the team went backwards - dramatically,” he said. 

“I think the desire is there but we are missing a few things that are very important in football, the quality in certain moments be it scoring a goal or defending. We haven’t taken risks.” REUTERS