Gus Poyet: 'Home form will be crucial'

Sunderland's Uruguayan manager Gus Poyet celebrates at the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northeast England on October 27, 2013
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Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admits that his side's home form will be crucial if they are to survive in the Premier League this season.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet believes that his side's home form will be crucial to their hopes of remaining in the Premier League.

The Black Cats have won just once this season with that victory coming in their last game at the Stadium of Light against Newcastle United, and they now face Manchester City on Sunday.

"The teams that are challenging for the title and the Champions League are the most difficult ones to play against," he told reporters. "We must make sure we do the basics and try to find a solution and win the game, because points are very, very important to us.

"[Being strong at home] is important to help us out of the situation we are in. If we can win most of the matches at home then we can steady the ship, build our confidence and get points away from home as well.

"But in saying that we need to start that at home and make sure we keep winning games here."

Sunderland are 19th in the Premier League.

New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet looks on from the dugout during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium on October 19, 2013
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