Gus Poyet unhappy with missed opportunity

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet insists that his side missed a chance to claim three points against an off-form and weakened West Ham United on Saturday.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has claimed that his side missed a big opportunity to take all three points against a weakened West Ham United on Saturday.

The Black Cats could only manage a 0-0 draw against the Hammers, who were missing key players such as Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Stewart Downing.

"Coming here when there is no Carroll, no Nolan, no Downing and company, then this is the game you need to win," Poyet told reporters after the game.

"Because if you come here and they are on the pitch, then it is going to be a bit more difficult. I think we did everything to win it.

"I don't like the word 'luck' but we've conceded so many own goals I was waiting for a deflected shot to go in the top corner or a bad decision from the referee to give a penalty or whatever. We need to be perfect, unfortunately, to win the game."

Sunderland still sit bottom of the Premier League with nine points after 16 games.

Fabio Borini of Sunderland is challenged by George McCartney of West Ham during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Sunderland at Boleyn Ground on December 14, 2013
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