Sunderland coach Gus Poyet launched a thinly veiled criticism of USA striker Jozy Altidore following yet another goalless outing in the Black Cats’ 0-0 draw at home to Norwich on Saturday. Altidore was taken off midway through the second half to a rousing ovation for Steven Fletcher. He had one good chance, which he missed by delaying his shot and letting the Norwich defense regroup. The Express said that fullback Phil Bardsley looked more likely to break the deadlock than the USA striker.
“We need to get [Liverpool striker] Luis Suarez. I watched him a little bit this morning and he’s not bad, is he,” Poyet said after the draw, which left Sunderland in last place in the Premier League table. “It’s not nice and you don’t enjoy it when everything is set for you to have a good game and a nice weekend, but it doesn’t happen. We were getting chances and missing from two yards. I think today gave us a clear picture of why we are bottom.”