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Sunderland boss Poyet won't go route one to beat drop

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet insists he won't go route one to beat the drop.

Crystal Palace won twice last week by taking on a more direct approach under Tony Pulis, but purist Poyet is adamant his side can only survive by playing a passing game.

"To play football is not just about running up and down and kicking it because the more we kick it, the more open we become and the more the opposition has the ball," argued Sunderland's Uruguayan coach. "There were a few breaks against Tottenham when we could have conceded.

"Playing that way doesn't save you, I promise you.

"All the teams who have played like that in the last 10 years have gone down, the only one who did not were Wigan, somehow, playing football, passing the football, being difficult for the opposition and dominating the game. The rest, they didn't."

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