Charlie fires ‘win or bust’ warning
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.”