New boss points out Black Cats problems

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New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is confident the club has only two problems.

The 45-year-old Uruguayan was able to work with his full squad for the first time on Thursday following the return of the bulk of his international players, but spent much of his first few days on Wearside assessing the problems which have left the club marooned at the foot of the Barclays Premier League table.

And the root of the trouble was not difficult to find as he prepared to send his team out for the first time at Swansea on Saturday.

Poyet said with a smile: “We have got two problems: one, we concede too many, two, we don’t score too many. It is simple.

“I was saying this morning, it’s like scales - we need to find a balance and try not to concede too many and score a few more. It is simple in here, but it is difficult on the pitch.

“The idea is to make sure we do the right things at the back, we are organised and difficult to beat and then start playing our game with the quality players where they can hurt the opposition or where the opposition is weak.”