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Gus Poyet insists he does not care what arch-rivals Newcastle do as he attempts to end Sunderland's Monday malaise at Crystal Palace

Gus Poyet insists he does not care what arch-rivals Newcastle do as he attempts to end Sunderland's Monday malaise at Crystal Palace

Gus Poyet insists he does not care what arch-rivals Newcastle do as he attempts to end Sunderland's Monday malaise at Crystal Palace

Gus Poyet insists he does not care what arch-rivals Newcastle do as he attempts to end Sunderland's Monday malaise at Crystal Palace.

The Black Cats have slipped into the bottom three as a result of their horrific 8-0 defeat at Southampton and last weekend's 2-0 reverse at the hands of Arsenal, who made the most of two dreadful defensive errors to claim the points.

At the same time, their neighbours have put together a run of four successive victories to climb out of the drop zone and book their place in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

But while the Magpies' improved fortunes could be viewed as an example of how quickly things can change, Poyet is adamant he is not bothered about what they do as he looks to secure a first Premier League win for the club on a Monday since April 2002 - a run of 20 games.

He said: "I support Sunderland a lot, but not to the point that I look at Newcastle's results, I promise you that.

"I don't care what they do, I just care about what we do and our results."

Not since Peter Reid's side beat Leicester 2-1 at the Stadium of Light on April 1, 2002 have the Black Cats collected three top-flight points on a Monday.

And the timing could hardly be better for that sequence to end this week.

The 46-year-old South American is hardly a favourite at Selhurst Park because of his Brighton links.

The animosity was further fuelled when excrement was found in the away dressing room when Brighton and Palace met at the Amex Stadium in May last year. As a result, Poyet - who was left fuming by the incident - may have to walk the gauntlet.

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But he is more concerned about how his players handle what is sure to be a raucous occasion.

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