The Sunderland squad is looking to get some much needed points against Southampton. Unfortunately they’re playing a team that is in the top half of the table. Defender Phil Bardsley said spirits were down under former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, but new manager Gus Poyet doesn’t want to talk about it.
“I was not here six months ago, so I can’t comment on how it was six months ago,” Poyet said, via ESPN FC. “But I understand as a normal person that when a team is not winning, there is a mental side that you need to work on, and the way we are, the way we treat the players, I knew that sooner or later, the atmosphere would be different.
“It doesn’t mean that you are going to win football games, but it’s the way we are. Again, I am not comparing with anyone because there are so many styles of football, so many different ways of coaching and dealing with players, and no-one is more right than any other in saying that is the way to win games.
“I believe in my way.”
Date: January 18
Start Time: 7:45 p.m. ET
Location: Sunderland, England
Stadium: Stadium of Light
TV Info: NBC Sports Network
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC
Online Radio Stream: Talk Sport Radio
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
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