Sunderland coach Gus Poyet admitted that it would take a miracle for his team to avoid relegation following its 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night. The loss left the Black Cats at the bottom of the Premier League table, seven points adrift of 17th-place Norwich City. Despite the fact that his team has two games in hand on every one of its relegation rivals, Poyet didn’t sound optimistic about his team’s chances of avoiding the drop.
"I am realistic," the Uruguayan, who sent USA striker Jozy Altidore to train with the club's U21 squad ahead of the Spurs loss, said. "When you look at the table and you look at the games that we have left and how many we need to win - I think we need a miracle, something unique, a shock. And if not, I cannot see it happening."
Sunderland has been in poor league form ever since losing the League Cup final to Manchester City on March 2, managing just one point from five games. The Black Cats were also dumped out of the FA Cup Quarterfinal by Hull City during that period.
"As soon as we lost that run the team went backwards - dramatically," Poyet said. "I think the desire is there but we are missing a few things that are very important in football, the quality in certain moments be it scoring a goal or defending. We haven't taken risks. There are plenty of things we could improve. Sometimes the table doesn't lie. I am realistic if we did not win a game in the last seven and now we need to win four from seven. I know where I am. If you look at the table and the games we have got left to win. I cannot see it coming."