Gus Poyet couldn't hide his frustration as Sunderland failed to score against Palace. Picture credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Picture credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Gus Poyet has insisted his Sunderland side will not be giving up their fight to stay in the Premier League despite last nights defeat at home to West Ham.

Goals from Andy Carroll and Mohamed Diame put Sam Allardyce’s team in firm control in what was a must win game for Sunderland.

Poyet said: “I think the situation is simple – we were probably better than them in every aspect of the game except the final score.

“That hurts a lot, but we are not going to give up.”

Second half substitute Adam Johnson found the net with a speculative effort which curled beyond keeper Adrian’s reach.

But it wasn’t enough as Connor Wickham and Nacho Scocco both missed guilt edge chances, which was enough to see West Ham over the line.

“Today the message is we are defending the football club to the best of our ability, starting from me to the last person in that dressing room,” added Poyet.

“We gave everything possible; we tried our best but couldn’t win. The only thing to do is keep doing it until the end of the season.

“We must keep battling. We must believe and it’s my job to make sure everybody does that.”



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