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Have a little patience, says Borini
6:00am Monday 23rd December 2013 in Sport
FABIO BORINI has called for patience as Gus Poyet continues to develop a new footballing style at Sunderland.
Poyet’s style of play is a slow, patient build-up with plenty of possession, which has come as a culture shock to some Sunderland fans who have been starved of decent play in recent years.
Borini, on loan from Liverpool, noted that some supporters were urging Sunderland to go forward when he believed they didn’t necessarily need to, and that the patience of the fans, in time, will help to deliver a higher standard of football.
“The fans need to understand how we play football” said Borini, after Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Norwich City on Saturday. “Sometimes they're pushing us forward when we don't need to go forward. They need to stay with us.
“We're not playing English football, just kicking forward, we're trying to build something and trying to do something. We're trying to build something. It's not something we've seen a lot of here but that's the way we're trying to play.
“When we're under pressure we need to be ourselves, especially in front of our fans. We need to play our game not the game other people want.”
Borini has been given a greater role in the Sunderland team in recent weeks, with his performance against the Canaries arguably his best game for the club, and was disappointed not to be on the winning side on Saturday.
“I'm angry because we want to win. And we can't do it in the league. That's the thing,” said Borini.
“We didn't score, and we didn't win. That's the main point. We try to do it every game. When we're at home especially against these teams we need to show a little more character and control of ourselves to win the games.
“Shots from 30 yards are more difficult to score. But it's not easy to carry the ball into the goal. We need to find the right balance and pick the last pass and make the right choice.
“It's like losing for me. I want to win every game. Every player wants to win every game especially coming from big clubs.”
Despite failure to beat Norwich, Borini is still confident Sunderland can beat the drop.
“There’s the same chance as before. There's always 100% chance right now," he said.
“It's up to us if we stay up or not. The other teams don't win the games for us. We'll only stay up by ourselves.”
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