Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet has admitted that his side owe the club’s supporters a strong and committed performance when they take on Arsenal on Saturday, Goal.com
The Black Cats were beaten 8-0 at Southampton in their last game on a day which Poyet described as the most embarrassing of his career in football.
The performance on the South coast has been roundly criticised with some players accused of giving up in the second half and with goalkeeper Vito Mannone making several errors, and as a result those who made the long journey from Wearside for the game have been reimbursed.
Poyet concedes that it took him a few days to recover from the thrashing, but has now set his players the target of extending their unbeaten start to the season at home. “I want 45,000 people behind me and I know they are going to be there and they will support the team if they see what we are all expecting – which is a proper reaction,” he said.
“As soon as you do a few things right, you put your effort in with a shot, a goal, a tackle or even a corner, it’s going to bring the stadium alive and make you feel a proper football player again. So I would prefer to play at home and against one of the biggest teams you can have.”
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