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Sunderland hoping to avoid relegation

After managing to stay in the Premier League in an extraordinary fashion, Sunderland would have been hoping to avoid the relegation dogfight this season. The club seemed very determined to improve the squad during the transfer window. Even after several new signings, Sunderland are yet to take victory in this campaign. They have had extremely good results against the likes of Manchester United against whom they managed a 1-1 draw, but Poyet says that it is only through a victory that they can improve their form. Sunderland have lost against fellow relegation rivals QPR in an away match and they sit just a few places about the relegation zone.
Another crucial match against a team that will be in and around them in the table come the end of the season reckons the black cats, as they travel to face Burnley on Saturday. Ahead of the match, manager Gus Poyet said that he is confident of avoiding relegation, but in order to turn around the run-off winless matches the club needs to get a victory from somewhere. One positive aspect for the Uruguayan manager will be that Sunderland have been defeated only once in the last five matches. The next few weeks represent a crucial time in the club season, as they will have winnable matches like that against Stoke City and Burnley.
"We need to keep getting better, be difficult to beat and then soon that first victory will come that will make everyone stay calm. It is a tough game because of Burnley's position, and it is away from home. We know the team reflects the passion of the manager Sean Dyche, and the way they play. They are also looking for their first victory. We have to be confident in what we do,” said Poyet on Friday.