Sunderland’s third 0-0 draw in five Premier League matches left Fabio Borini as angry as the fans who vented their frustration at full-time, but the forward has asked the supporters to be patient with their new style of play, writes STUART RAYNER.
Like the previous week’s trip to West Ham United, a home game against Norwich City was an excellent opportunity for the Black Cats to pick up three valuable points. Once more they had to settle for one.
With Stoke City the only bottom-half side to win on Saturday, it was very definitely an opportunity missed.
On-loan Borini said: “It’s like losing for me. I want to win every game. Every player wants to win every game, especially coming from big clubs.
“I’m angry because we want to win and we cannot do it in the league. That’s the thing.
“We didn’t score and we didn’t win. That’s the main point. We try to do it every game. When we’re at home, especially against these teams, we need to show a little more character and control of ourselves to win the games.”
Sunderland’s last Premier League win was at home to Manchester City on November 10.
Gustavo Poyet was highly critical of his players for taking too many shots from distance, but the supporters let it be known they were unhappy at attempts to pass the ball into the goal in the second half. Unsurprisingly, Borini (below) took his coach’s side of the debate.
He added: “The fans need to understand how we play football.
“Sometimes they’re pushing us forward when we don’t need to go forward. They need to stay with us.
“We’re not playing English football, just kicking forward, we’re trying to build something and trying to do something.
“It’s not something we’ve seen a lot of here but that’s the way we’re trying to play.
“When we’re under pressure we need to be ourselves, especially in front of our fans. We need to play our game not the game other people want.
“Shots from 30 yards are more difficult to score but it’s not easy to carry the ball into the goal. We need to find the right balance.”