After seeing his lose 4-0 at Swansea City in his game in charge, new Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet has admitted that he needs to change the mindset of his players,
Following a goalless first half, own goals from Phil Bardsley and Steven Fletcher, along with Jonathan de Guzman’s strike and Wilfried Bony’s penalty, gave the Swans an emphatic win which leaves Sunderland bottom of the Premier League with just one point from their opening eight fixtures.
Poyet became Sunderland’s fourth permanent manager in two years after Paulo Di Canio was sacked after only 13 games, and the Uruguayan acknowledged the need for a change of mentality within the squad.
He said: “We analyse all of the problems, technical, physical and tactical, but of course there is a problem we need to address and the most important is the mental side. Nowadays, in football or in any sport, you need to be strong mentally, this is not about one person, this is about everybody at the club, especially the 11 out there on the pitch. So maybe there is more work to do mentally than the rest.”
Sunderland’s next Premier League outing is at home to arch rivals Newcastle United, with points vital as they look to avoid being cast adrift from those outside the relegation zone.
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