Sunderland thrashing embarrasses Poyet

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet described Saturday as his most embarrassing day in football after his side were hammered 8-0 away to Southampton, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The Black Cats came into the game with just one defeat in the Premier League this season, but were rarely in the game as the hosts ran riot. Defender Santiago Vergini scored a comical own goal to break the deadlock, before Graziano Pelle tucked in a Steven Davis cross and Jack Cork converted a far post ball from Dusan Tadic to make it 3-0 at half time.

The second period was even more one-sided, with Liam Bridcutt putting through his own net, Pelle scoring his second and Tadic capitalising on a woeful clearance by goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

With Sunderland heads appearing to drop, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane scored the final two goals to leave the Saints one strike short of equalling a Premier League record.

After the game, an incredulous Poyet apologised to the Sunderland supporters and said: “There were a few players today who gave up. I know who they were and that is very important for me for the future. The second half showed me a lot about individuals – a lot more than you think.”

“Sometimes I make clips. I wouldn’t have time to make as many clips as I need. Maybe the players will watch it. Maybe it will be good therapy for them to watch themselves. What I say in the dressing room stays there but it’s going to be a difficult week. The players who are on the pitch next week against Arsenal are going to do something about it.”

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