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BABY MIN­DER: Adam John­son GUS POYET reck­ons shot-shy Sun­der­land have left new dad Adam John­son hold­ing the baby in their quest for goals.

The Black Cats have the sec­ond worst scor­ing record in the Premier League, with just 18 in 21 games this sea­son.

Eng­land winger John­son tops the rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Black Cats’ scor­ing charts with a mod­est five.

Poyet reck­ons it’s time his team-mates started to help him share the bur­den of ex­pec­ta­tion when it comes to find­ing the net.

The 27-year-old was Sun­der­land’s best player in the 1-0 de­feat to Liver­pool that left them with just one win in 11 games – de­spite show­ing signs of fa­tigue after be­ing kept up at night by his re­cent ar­rival.

Poyet said: “Adam was tired against Liver­pool. He’s just be­come a fa­ther and hadn’t trained for a cou­ple of days.

“He wanted to play, but he had to track back too much. GARY LINEKER has taken a swipe at New­cas­tle for the de­lay in nam­ing their new man­ager. The

pre­sen­ter reck­ons Toon supremo Mike Ash­ley hopes to save a for­tune in the Jan­uary trans­fer mar­ket as he stalls on mak­ing an ap­point­ment.

For­mer Lyon coach Remi Garde is favourite to re­place Alan Pardew, but not un­til the sum­mer.

Care­taker boss John Carver is set to be told to take the team for the rest of the sea­son.

It’s two weeks since Pardew jumped ship to join Crys­tal Palace and Toon in­sist they will take their time.

But for­mer Eng­land striker Lineker told his 3.5m Twit­ter fol­low­ers: “Bril­liant tac­tics from New­cas­tle board to de­lay ap­point­ing their new man­ager so they don’t have to buy any play­ers in the win­dow.”

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