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'Calm' Poyet cool on Sunderland survival hopes

Both the Black Cats boss and opposite number Tony Pulis are refusing to panic at the prospect of a relegation dogfight after their sides played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday

Gus Poyet retained an air of calm after Sunderland missed the chance to boost their survival hopes in a goalless draw against Crystal Palace.

Sunderland could have climbed out of the bottom three with a win and enjoyed the better of the chances at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, though the hosts ultimately had to settle for a point.

BATTLE AT THE BOTTOM
Team

13. Hull
14. Swansea
15. Norwich
16. West Brom
17. Crystal Palace
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18. Sunderland
19. Cardiff
20. Fulham

Played


29
29
30
29
29
........
27
30
30


Points

30
29
29
28
28
........
25
25
24

GD

-7
-5
-24
-10
-19
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-16
-29
-35
But, with games in hand over all of their fellow relegation battlers, Sunderland can still claim to have their fate in their own hands - and Poyet was happy with the performance against Palace.

"I am very calm," he said. "We tried everything today, that's what type of team we are and that's the team that we have. If we play like that only the future will tell if we are good enough to stay in the Barclays Premier League or not.

"Today was the right way to perform, we take risks to try and win games. We take control and try to make crosses, with free-kick, shots, playing in behind and one-twos.

"We tried everything but we didn't score that's the most difficult part of the game. We couldn't score but I will go home very calm today.

"I am calm because I know the players gave everything for this football club and for the fans, so we will now see next week."
Palace boss Pulis was similarly calm, praising his players' "big hearts" and pointing to his previous experience in avoiding relegation.

He told reporters: "We haven't got the quality of some clubs but the players have big hearts.

"Julian Speroni has had two proper saves to make and I am delighted with the players, they have given it everything and that is all I can ask.

"It is a situation where we have to try and get as many points as we possibly can, we are in the frame with 10 other teams, it is remarkable really how many teams are down there and how many teams are involved," he said.

"I know Gus said it was a must-win game for them but, with 10 games left, you can lose three and then win three in a row and you're almost there. I have been here before and I know how quickly things can change both for you and against."

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