'No excuses' for Sunderland against Norwich, says Poyet

After a morale-boosting victory in extra time over Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, plus the returns of Steven Fletcher and Jack Colback, the Black Cats boss expects "control"
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has warned his side that there can be "no excuses" not to use their growing confidence to take the game to Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Black Cats followed up their goalless draw with West Ham on December 14 with a Capital One Cup quarter-final victory over Chelsea on Wednesday and the Uruguayan has told his players that it is time to believe in themselves.

Both of Sunderland's league victories this season have come at home and Poyet says that there are no excuses for them not to start fulfilling their potential  - starting with the visit of Chris Hughton's side.

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"I need us to control it as we did against West Ham and be strong mentally and physically, like we were against Chelsea," he told reporters.

"Any team coming to the Stadium of Light knows that the home team play well and, if the home team scores, it becomes very difficult because the fans are so amazing in getting behind their team.

"I'm sure the Norwich game will be about who controls it and we have to control it in the boxes – that's where we need to be at our strongest.

"We are confident after beating Chelsea in the cup and drawing with West Ham in the league in the last week.

"We are fit after playing extra time and now we have Jack Colback and Steven Fletcher back – so we have no excuses."