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Poyet disappointed with 'poor' Sunderland

The Uruguayan had no complaints following his sides defeat in the capital, claiming his players lacked the quality and resilience to come away with any reward

Gus Poyet branded Sunderland's performance against Arsenal as "poor" after they were easily beaten 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

The struggling Wearsiders conceded three goals during a lacklustre first-half display, Santiago Vergini gifting one to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud with a lazy backpass.

Sunderland improved after the break, but were unable to avoid a heavy defeat and remain in the Premier League relegation zone.

Poyet warned his side, whose next fixture is against Manchester City in the League Cup final, that they must improve quickly if they are to retain their top-flight status.

"The combination of Arsenal playing well and us being poor on the ball made it difficult for us," Poyet told reporters. "We needed to be organised and see the danger but they punished us.

"We were poor in many things and when you play a team like Arsenal you need to be spot on, but technically we were poor, (and) in terms of reading the game we were poor.

"We were second-best in reactions, sprints, power, in everything - and when that happens you lose, simple as that."

Sunderland had lost just two of their previous 16 games in all competitions prior to Saturday's match, but the defeat leaves them in 18th place, a point away from safety with 12 fixtures to play.


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