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Steven Fletcher of Sunderland is tackled by Nikolay Bodurov of Fulham during the FA Cup Fourth Round match at Stadium of Light

Steven Fletcher of Sunderland is tackled by Nikolay Bodurov of Fulham during the FA Cup Fourth Round match at Stadium of Light

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Jack Rodwell of Sunderland takes on Shaun Hutchinson of Fulham during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Fulham at Stadium of Light

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland takes on Shaun Hutchinson of Fulham during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Fulham at Stadium of Light

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Jack Rodwell of Sunderland leaves the field after being sent off during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Fulham at Stadium of Light

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland leaves the field after being sent off during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Fulham at Stadium of Light

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Vito Mannone of Sunderland punches clear as John O'Shea of Sunderland challenges Shaun Hutchinson of Fulham during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Fulham at Stadium of Light

Vito Mannone of Sunderland punches clear as John O'Shea of Sunderland challenges Shaun Hutchinson of Fulham during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Fulham at Stadium of Light

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Steven Fletcher of Sunderland is tackled by Nikolay Bodurov of Fulham during the FA Cup Fourth Round match at Stadium of Light

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet pleaded for patience after seeing his team survive an FA Cup shock at the hands of Sky Bet Championship side Fulham.

The Black Cats, with new signing Jermain Defoe, could only draw 0-0, and might have lost it at the death when substitute Hugo Rodallega rattled the post from distance following Jack Rodwell's sending-off.

There were boos from the home supporters among a crowd of 22,961 on the final whistle, and Poyet admitted a disconnect with the club's fans in recent weeks was making things more difficult as he attempts to find the answer to their problems.

He said: "I am bothered about the shape, I am bothered about the pressing, the quantity of times we had the chance to play forward and we didn't, the missed connection at the moment with the fans.

"I think the fans want Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips back, but they are not playing anymore. There are plenty of things that we need to change because, if not, it's going to be difficult.

"When we are all together, it's easier and, at the moment, it doesn't look like that.

"There are players who need the famous 'confidence' word for them to be better and when the stadium is not happy, the players don't express themselves and that makes kick and rush very easy."

The Black Cats coach added: "Teams who play kick and rush is something I wouldn't like to watch week in, week out, so we are going to try to find a formula to pass the ball better and forwards - but, yes, passing the ball, so a little bit of understanding and patience, it would be very welcome."

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