Tuesday 10 December 2019

Poyet awaiting first win after goalless draw at Turf Moor

Burnley 0 Sunderland 0

Sunderland Manager, Gus Poyet during the Barclays Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. Photo credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Sunderland Manager, Gus Poyet during the Barclays Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. Photo credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Burnley's George Boyd (right) tussles for possesion with Sunderland's Santiago Vergini. Photo credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Burnley's Lukas Jutkiewicz (right) holds off Sunderland's Wes Brown. Photo credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Sunderland's Jack Rodwell makes a rash challenge on Burnley's George Boyd. Photo credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt goes close at Turf Moor. Photo credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Rory Dollard

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet called for better from his team after their goalless draw at Burnley, warning "okay" was not good enough in the Premier League.

Both sides hit the woodwork in the closing moments, Clarets substitute Ashley Barnes sending a deflected effort against the crossbar after 87 minutes and Black Cats defender Patrick van Aanholt rattling the post in added time.

But that late drama was at odds with an otherwise dour encounter at Turf Moor that seemed locked in first gear for long periods.

On this evidence it is not hard to see why both teams are still awaiting a first win of the campaign.

It may be tempting for the hosts to view things positively, a third goalless draw in a row hinting at a useful defensive resolve, but Poyet was unimpressed. "The clean sheet I can take from today, nothing else," he said.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes things are heading in the right direction.

"We're very pleased with the clean sheet again - that's hard to do in itself, three of them back to back. But I'm very pleased with a lot of our attacking play too," he said.

"We found a better balance today. We looked solid but we were creating chances.

"If we keep playing like that I'm absolutely convinced there are wins around the corner for us.

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