Char­lie fires ‘win or bust’ warn­ing

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CHAR­LIE OATWAY reck­ons Sunderland will de­serve to go down if they can’t beat their rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals.

The Black Cats host Burn­ley on Satur­day des­per­ate to in­crease the one-point gap on the Premier League bot­tom three.

Gus Poyet’s draw spe­cial­ists have earned points against Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool so far this sea­son.

But they have strug­gled against the teams around them in the ta­ble and have picked up just one point from the last 15 since the win at bit­ter ri­vals New­cas­tle.

It leaves them fac­ing key home clashes against Burn­ley and fel­low strug­glers QPR and West Brom in the next month.

Oatway sees those games as the acid test of Sunderland’s hopes of avoid­ing the drop.

The first team coach (be­low) said: “We’ve picked up points against Man United and Chelsea, that’s all well and good.

“But if you don’t beat the teams down there with you, then you de­serve to go down – that’s just com­mon sense.”

Sunderland have won just once at home in the league this sea­son, and Oatway added: “It’s not go­ing to be easy.”

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