Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes that one more point will be enough to enable Sunderland to secure Premier League survival, according to Sky
The Uruguayan took the helm at the Stadium of Light following the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio in October, and at one stage Sunderland looked resigned to life in the Championship next season, sitting seven points adrift from safety with just six games of the season to play.
However, a recent revival in fortunes, from which the Black Cats have taken 10 points from the last 12 – has left them on the brink of pulling off “the great escape.”
A draw at Man City, followed by wins over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Cardiff at home and then Man Utd at Old Trafford has seen the Wearsiders sitting two points clear of 17th-placed Norwich with a game in hand, and Poyet is of the belief that a point at home to West Brom on Wednesday evening will be enough to secure Sunderland’s survival owing to their largely superior goal difference over that of the Canaries.
Their difference tally sits at 13 better than Norwich’s, and so Poyet wants at least a point against the Baggies, but knows that a win would put their continued top-flight tenure beyond mathematical doubt. He also warned against any late slip-ups after seeing Crystal Palace recover from 3-0 down with 11 minutes to play to draw 3-3 with Liverpool on Monday.
The former Chelsea midfielder said: “The idea is to be concentrated on us in the way we have been in the last few games – to not change anything,” he said on Tuesday.
“We want to win the game because I don’t know how to play for a draw or to get a point. A point would be enough, not mathematically, but realistically because if we lose the last game 7-0 and Norwich beat Arsenal I would think something strange is going on in those two games.
“But we saw yesterday what can happen in 15mins to anyone – even the best teams in the league. Anything can happen on the day so we need to do the job, start aggressively, connect with the fans, put pressure on West Brom.”
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