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Poyet: Sunderland need a miracle to stay up

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By Stephen Donovan

Tuesday 08 April 2014

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet has said that his side will be needing a miracle if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, BBC Sport has reported.

Gustavo Poyet

The Uruguayan made the comment after seeing his side suffer a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Monday evening, a result which left the club bottom of the table and seven points from safety, albeit with games in hand on their rivals.

Lee Cattermole actually gave the Black Cats the lead with a shot into an unguarded net after a misplaced pass by Vlad Chiriches. However, Emmanuel Adebayor equalised by turning home Christian Eriksen’s cross and from then on, it was largely one-way traffic.

Another Eriksen cross led to Spurs’ second, with Harry Kane poking the ball past Vito Mannone for his first Premier League goal. The Dane then got on to the score-sheet himself before Adebayor netted his second and substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson fired in late on to complete the rout.

After Sunderland’s fourth straight league defeat, Poyet said: ‘Sometimes the table doesn't lie. It would be a miracle to stay up. It's very hard to take, it's not nice. I imagine how hard it is for the fans, but there is no place to hide. I am responsible because I am in charge, and I accept full responsibility."

He added: "I am very honest and I know where I am. It doesn't matter if it was five minutes ago or if you asked me on Friday.

"I am realistic, when you look at the table and the games that we have got left about how many we need to win. I think we need a miracle. We need something unique, a shock because if not I cannot see it coming."

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