Poyet vows to stick by style

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has vowed to stick by his passing philosophy despite the club being embroiled in a tense Premier League relegation battle.

The Uruguayan has overseen slight improvement after taking over from Paolo Di Canio at the Black Cats' helm, but sitting 19th in the table with just 17 points from their first 21 games, Poyet's men are very much up against it.

However, despite every point being so vital to their cause, Poyet insists he is focused on survival, his way.

"People ask 'Will you die with that philosophy?'" Poyet told The Independent.

"I wouldn't go that far. There is not only one way. My teams will care about the ball. We will pass it more or pass it less depending on the players and the game and the position on the table.

"But they will care about the ball.

"The ball is priceless. I like to say I want the ball to be happy with us. If the ball talks he will say, 'OK, I want to be with that side.' The more time I get, the more clear that idea will be."

Three wins in a row in all competitions has given the Sunderland faithful greater hope, and seen Poyet's men finally get the results their performances have warranted, but the task at hand is not lost on the 46-year-old

"After two wins in the cup we played in the league and [against Fulham] put a stamp on it for the first time," Poyet added

"Survival would be the greatest achievement of my career as a manager."