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Poyet demanding wins

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet insists his side need to win three of their remaining five matches this year, if they want to beat the drop.

The Black Cats dropped to the foot of the Premier League table over the weekend and have only eight points to their name this term - a tally that Poyet wants doubling by January 1st.

Since taking charge in early October, Sunderland have managed just two wins under Poyet and he wants to add three more in the coming weeks.

Poyet's men will face Chelsea and Everton this month, but it is the games with West Ham, Cardiff and Norwich that he is particularly targeting.

"If you don't share the urgency, you are not realistic. We are playing West Ham, Cardiff, Norwich [in three of their next four league games]. When are we going to win three? Now. It has to be now," he said.

"On this weekend's performance, we would not get enough points to stay up. If it doesn't start today, this week, we have got a massive problem. Start means a win. Because everybody (the other teams in relegation trouble) wins somehow. We don't.

"The idea is to double the points before January, so we have lost another opportunity against Spurs. There is nowhere to hide.

"There needs to be a moment when that is it, and there are no more excuses or bad luck. That is where we are hiding at the moment.

"I am trying to be calm and I will analyse. The problem is, it is too many. I am a normal person, I can have a fight with you but if you beat me once, you beat me twice, I won't come a third time. I am not that stupid. I am not going to get kicked every time."

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Poyet insists that Sunderland will not return to a direct style of play to try and get results.

"It is not individuals who are not getting the message, it is the group. If it was one player, it would be easy for me - you drop him," he continued.

"Football is not just about running up and down and kicking it, because the more we kick it, the more open we become and the more the opposition has the ball.

"Playing that way doesn't save you, I promise you.

"All the teams who have played like that in the last 10 years have gone down. The one who did not were Wigan: Playing football, passing the football, being difficult for the opposition and dominating the game. The rest, they didn't."

Poyet has made no secret of his desire to bring new players in January, and that remains the case.

"I am working on that, for sure. That doesn't change my mind. We always thought there were positions we needed to address and there are plenty of things going on behind the scenes, that doesn't change. I hope things will help. How big [will the changes be]? I don't know," he said.

"I have responsibility, which is why I am here as manager, but the players have responsibilities.

"I am talking about us as a group, we are all in the same position. We are all responsible and there is nowhere for anyone to be safe individually."