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Poyet grateful to Sunderland fans for standing by him

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is grateful to fans for their support.

The Black Cats have drawn five of their opening six matches and take on Stoke City at the Stadium of Light tomorrow on the back of two goalless draws.

"I had been told and now I know how difficult it is to be managing in the North-East," said the Uruguayan, who marks one year in the job next week.

"It is a very special case where very passionate fans are on your side and everything is fantastic. On the other side, it is going to be an absolute nightmare.

"So talking about myself, I am trying to keep them on my side the best I can and as long as I can.

"That is better when you win games and when you aren't you know what is coming and I can tell you it's not nice. I don't like it. I don't like to see a manager getting that."

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