Do Gus Poyet's tactics get the best out of Sunderland?

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After conceding eight goals in two games some Sunderland fans are starting to question Gus Poyet's tactics, and who can blame him.

Two defeats in a row has plunged Sunderland into the bottom three, with a steady start to the season.

Before the international break Sunderland fans were happy after a convincing 3-1 win over Stoke City. However, after an embarrassing 8-0 defeat to the hands of Southampton, confidence seems to be at an all time low within the squad.

Arsenal improvement still ended in defeat

Two more blunders followed from Wes Brown and Vito Mannone as Sunderland fell to a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal which left fans pondering Poyet's tactics.

Adam Johnson, who is Sunderland second top goalscorer out of the current squad, and Jack Rodwell were both substituted for Jordi Gomez and Jozy Altidore.

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This decision left a lot of Sunderland fans bemused because lets be honest, these two players are hardly game changers.

With just eight points from nine games and with the club sitting in the bottom three it is no wonder the Mackem faithful are beginning to get worried.

Ex Sunderland defender, Gary Bennett, said: "Everyone's going to worry. If you don't win games then you're going to worry.

"It's a case of putting points on the table. Anyone who is playing Sunderland will be up for the game as they know Sunderland are a little bit fragile at the present moment."

Uruguayan deserves time after last season's heroics

On the other side of the coin, Poyet took 45 points from his first 38 games in charge of Sunderland. This is only bettered by Martin O'Neil who took 47 points from his first 38 games.

The Uruguayan also managed to pull off the greatest of "Great Escapes" last year after keeping Sunderland in the Premier League when relegation seemed inevitable.

In recent times Sunderland have been quick to sack managers. Most fans believe Poyet should be given time to perfect his team and get them playing the style of football he wants. I too am of this opinion.

Could Poyet's time be running out or will he still be in charge of the Black Cats come the end of the season?

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