It's back to basics for Sunderland as Poyet insists there's no room for mistakes (From The Advertiser Series)
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It's back to basics for Sunderland as Poyet insists there's no room for mistakes
WITH his side sitting bottom of the Premier League and in desperate need of points, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet admits there is no room for mistakes or excuses after going back to basics on the training ground.
Poyet has had 48 hours to work with a full squad after several players returned from international duty, but work has still been going on in their absence.
The new Black Cats boss takes charge of his first game against Swansea City today having had little time to stamp his authority on the beleaguered squad he has inherited from Paolo Di Canio.
However, having analysed all of Sunderland’s games this season Poyet has already identified certain problems that need addressing and for the players who have remained on Wearside during the international break it has been a case of working on the simple things.
“The team were defending a certain way under the previous manager, then Kevin Ball came in and tried to adjust a few things his way of course, and I'm a new manager here trying to do things a different way,” Poyet explained. “We've been working this week without our international players in training so we've just been doing the simple things that everybody should do in every game that for whatever reasons we've not been doing be it confusion or whatever.
“As basic as making sure you mark someone on the right side at a corner. It's also about caring a little bit more about the ball and we need to get that consistency, injury and suspensions permitting, to play virtually the same side each week, because having an understanding between the players can only help. When you know what a team-mate is going to do it helps you work.
“We can't make individual mistakes or mistakes as a team, there are no excuses. We can't complain, we've got a great life, so let's make sure we do our jobs properly.”
Despite what has happened so far this season, Poyet is happy to give every player in the squad a chance to impress and insists he will reward those who follow his instructions even if there is a technically better player available.
He said: “The players are up for it because there's a new manager here and every single player thinks they're going to have a chance. Who knows? If they do what I want they can get into the team.
“If one player is doing what I want and need right from the start then he's going to be in playing until the supposedly better player gets the message and starts doing the right things.
“We can't make any more mistakes in the position that we are in. I'm sorry, but there's no place for mistakes at all.”
Sunderland’s performances improved markedly under caretaker manager Kevin Ball and even though he was overlooked for the permanent job, Poyet admits he is taking plenty from Ball’s time in charge.
He said: “We're taking plenty of things that Kevin Ball did in those two weeks to kick on in the right direction because he did a lot of good work.
“There was definitely a change in attitude under him and the commitment was impressive. I've spoken to him about that and many other things and I've said thanks to him for all he's done.”
Poyet is familiar with today’s opponents Swansea having admitted to watching them a number of times already this season.
He revealed that was partly down to his admiration for the way Michael Laudrup’s side play and the Black Cats boss knows it won’t be easy the Capital One Cup holders.
“I've watched them a few times live this season, three or four times, because I've done some TV coverage of their Europa League games so I've been down there twice already,” Poyet revealed.
“I know how they play. I know how good they are, I know where they can hurt us and it's probably the team I've paid attention to most as to how they play. I need to transfer all that to the players so the more they know about them, the better.
“They (Swansea) are in a process where they've played the same football under different managers for the past five or six years, we're at the opposite end of the scale, we're on zero. I want to see my team on the pitch, for better or worse I want to see my team out there.”
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