Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet took full responsibility after his side were thrashed 4-0 at home by fellow strugglers Aston Villa, resulting in angry scenes at the Stadium of Light, reports the Guardian.
All of the goals were scored before half-time, with the first coming on 16 minutes when a neat passing move led to Christian Benteke applying a calm finish to Leandro Bacuna’s cross. It took less than two minutes for the lead to be doubled, with Gabriel Agbonlahor turning John O’Shea with the utmost ease before beating goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.
That goal triggered booing from large sections of the crowd but, after Scott Sinclair had missed a great chance, Agbonlahor’s breakaway third resulted in a mass exodus, with thousands of supporters leaving their seats and some directing their anger at Poyet.
Benteke headed in the fourth from another Bacuna delivery a minute before the break, and Villa held on comfortably in the second half as Sunderland created little, closing out a result that takes them above Sunderland in the Premier League table, leaving the Black Cats just a point clear of the drop zone.
After the game, the under-pressure Poyet said: “I understand there will be a focus on my position because I’m responsible, I am one of the few in football who is honest. I am responsible when things go wrong. When you are responsible you have to take it. I haven’t spoken to the owner. I don’t know if I’m going to speak to the owner. We’ll see.
“The first half was really a mix of disappointment and shock. It was awful to watch but sometimes things happen for a reason.”
See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Everton v Newcastle
Get upto £200 in free matched bets with bet365 - Click here to find out more