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Poyet: We need to play as a unit

SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet has warned his players it will be his way or the highway as he attempts to dig the club out of relegation trouble.

The Black Cats undid their good work over Christmas with a depressing 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa on New Year's Day which left them propping up the rest of the Premier League and four points shy of safety.

Villa's visit to the Stadium of Light heralded a run of games the Wearsiders consider winnable and therefore, an opportunity to ease themselves up the table.

But their one step forward, two steps back existence has persuaded Poyet that his message is simply not getting through.

The 46-year-old said: "Me, I am the head coach, I coach the players I have got the best I can. For moments, it looks like we are getting it and getting better, and for moments, it looks like I am coming from another planet.

"The best teams in the world play one game, one game. They know why they are playing, what they are playing for and everybody does the same.

"If you go on the pitch and everyone is playing their own game, it's impossible.

The Black Cats have already signed Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso on loan for the rest of the season and are in talks with Brighton for midfield duo Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley.

However, Poyet knows the men already under his charge will be largely the ones who will have to do the job if the club is to preserve its top-flight status.

He said: "We had more of the ball, we had more shots, but we didn't create enough because we tried to do it too much as individuals and not as a team. There are not going to be heroes here, we are all in it the same and we will all be safe or we will all go down."