Monday 23 April 2018

Moyes admits Black Cats may need miracle

Watford 1 Sunderland 0

Sunderland manager David Moyes knows his side are in trouble as they sit seven points from safety.
Sunderland manager David Moyes knows his side are in trouble as they sit seven points from safety.
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David Moyes admits Sunderland will soon need to recreate the "miracles" of the past if they are to escape relegation. A 1-0 defeat at Watford yesterday left Moyes' men seven points from safety in the Premier League with nine games remaining.

Sunderland have, of course, been there before, not least in 2014 when they were seven adrift with six matches left under Gus Poyet and survived.

Jermaine Defoe battles against Miguel Britos and Craig Cathcart in the Black Cats' defeat at Vicarage Road.
Jermaine Defoe battles against Miguel Britos and Craig Cathcart in the Black Cats' defeat at Vicarage Road.

But with a trip to Leicester on Tuesday followed by a visit from Manchester United, they could soon find themselves in a similar hole.

"I don't know about miracles, but we know they happen and it's happened a couple of times recently to Sunderland," said Black Cats boss Moyes.

"We need to keep going and keep trying to pick up the points. But we're not playing well enough, I'm not kidding anyone on. We need to play better.

"Watford are one of the biggest teams in the league but we defended set-pieces really well - apart from one."

Yesterday's victory was Watford's ninth of the season. Photo: Stock photo
Yesterday's victory was Watford's ninth of the season. Photo: Stock photo

That one set-piece arrived in the 59th minute when Stefano Okaka met Tom Cleverley's corner with a header which Fabio Borini inadvertently nodded on to his own crossbar. The ball flew out to Craig Cathcart, who headed it back across goal for Miguel Britos to nod in his first goal for the Hornets at the far post.

A first win in five eased any fears Watford might have had of being dragged into trouble - not that their manager Walter Mazzarri was worried.

"I understand somebody who doesn't work inside football could see it that way, but I never thought Watford were near the relegation zone," said the Italian.

"We lost our last game to Crystal Palace - but then today they beat Chelsea! We can play against any team and I think we have always been far away from the relegation zone."

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