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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet plots more misery on QPR

Gus Poyet has urged Sunderland not to become the first team to hand QPR a point on the road
Gus Poyet has urged Sunderland not to become the first team to hand QPR a point on the road

Gus Poyet has urged his resurgent Sunderland team not to become the first to surrender a Premier League point to struggling QPR on their own pitch.

Managerless Rangers head for the Stadium of Light tonight having emerged empty-handed from each of their previous 11 league games away from home, a return which has piled the pressure on them at Loftus Road.

They will arrive on Wearside sitting in 19th place in the table and in desperate need of ending their travel sickness if they are to drag themselves out of relegation trouble. However, Black Cats head coach Poyet knows that record will end sooner rather than later, and he does not want it to happen at the 12th attempt.

He said: "If you asked me if I would expect any team to lose every single game away from home in one season, I would say to you: 'No'.

"Now that they can go one extra in the wrong way, it's up to us. Of course they have got a part to play, but sooner or later it should change, I suppose. I would be very surprised if they don't get any points in the whole season away from home, very, very surprised."

Asked if QPR's Charlie Austin's absence was a bonus, Poyet said: "When a big player is missing, the other team should take advantage."

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