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Gus won't wilt in bid to stay up

GUS POYET will not wilt under the pressure of trying to guide Sunderland through a relegation battle.

That is the view of Black Cats coach Charlie Oatway as Poyet's men prepare for tonight's crucial Premier League clash with West Ham at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have occupied a place in the relegation zone for much of the season and have taken just a single point from their last four league games.

But the 46-year-old Uruguayan remains confident he can inspire the change in fortunes which is required during the remaining weeks of the campaign, according to his assistant.

Oatway said: "You will never change Gus, you will never change Gus. He sees the common sense in football and how it's played, and the rights and wrongs, and that's for our team as well as anyone else.

"As far as he is concerned, and the way he sets up, he feels and wants to win every game."

A result this evening against West Ham could hardly be more timely, but Oatway knows that will not be easy with Sam Allardyce's pugnacious side still needing points to ease their own fears of relegation.


Cardiff substitute Mats Daehli kick-started his side's Premier League survival mission by poking home a dramatic equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time at The Hawthorns.

And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced Daehli's leveller – which came moments after Thievy Bifouma looked certain to have won it for West Brom – can act as a catalyst to change the course of his side's season.

Cardiff will still head into next week's crucial home clash with fellow strugglers Crystal Palace three points adrift of safety, but Solskjaer said: "We've been waiting 32 games for the turning point and I think we've finally got it.

"My team talk changes immensely, and their character and belief and feeling is that we got something back and we are still in with a chance. We have got six games left and we will definitely start better next Saturday."