Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fans Need to Back the Boss - O'Shea

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fans Need to Back the Boss - O'Shea

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

SUNDERLAND'S fans have to get behind their style of play according to John O'Shea - because as long as Gustavo Poyet is coach, it will not change.

However, the former Manchester United defender also acknowledged the players need to do more by cutting out the sloppy starts that are becoming a feature of their games.

The Black Cats were booed during and after Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers, prompting an angry response from coach Poyet.

"Maybe they need to be a little bit more proud of the team," said the Uruguayan. "But that craziness of the second half didn't give us points either.

"I don't know if that was football. I don't define that as football. It was a desperate team running about and trying to be nice with the fans."

The frustration comes from a quite passive style of play. Poyet's philosophy is to pass the ball carefully and wait for openings to appear, but when they do not, as on Tuesday, it gives the impression of a team not showing enough urgency to win.

O'Shea was careful not to take sides, but warned fans there will be no change of course.

"There's only one manager, so we have to listen to him and be guided by him," said the captain. "We've had a good run of form and hit a terrible first half on Tuesday, but we stick together.

"Everyone's together, including the fans. Every club knows how important it is to have the backing of the fans to create an atmosphere. The (QPR) keeper (Rob Green) made some good saves and there were clearances off the line. We needed to take one of those chances.

"If we had, we'd have had big support from the crowd but we couldn't get that first goal.

"Towards the end of the game you have to go a bit mad, in a bid to get back into it so you're leaving yourself open.

"It's just disappointing we didn't get that goal to see how QPR would have reacted. The two-goal cushion (achieved in the first half) was always good for them. …

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