Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has warned his players not to let discipline become an issue if they want to stay in the team. He said: “I try not to put it on a different level to anything, not because I want to give it more or less importance because we need to keep improving. “We need to keep getting better. We need plenty of things, we need to do better for longer periods during the game, not only 45 minutes. “It’s another game, another important test against a very good team, so use it as another step forward. It’s quite important. “I know if you put in the balance would you prefer to win on Sunday… That’s too easy. “I don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow, I don’t know what is going to happen on Sunday. First things first – let’s play tomorrow and try to win tomorrow.” Press Association The Black Cats will head into Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup fourth-round tie against Southampton with midfielder Lee Cattermole and full-back Andrea Dossena frustrated bystanders as they each begin three-match bans. Both men were sent off within minutes of each other in the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Hull which left the club still deep in trouble, and they will not be available again until Sunderland travel to Aston Villa on the final day of this month. Poyet’s predecessor Paolo Di Canio’s attempts to enforce his brand of discipline off the pitch proved hugely unpopular during his brief, but ill-fated reign, and the Uruguayan is more concerned with the behaviour of his players on the field of play. He said: “For me, it was a surprise. I need to analyse from the moment I came here, it was all right. I’m not saying it was perfect, but it was not bad. “Now so many things happened in this game that I’m trying to take it as a one-off. Of course, we need to talk about it and sort it out – it shouldn’t happen again. “But we are human beings, the players on the pitch, and they are the ones who need to control themselves. “We can talk and talk and bring in whoever you like, psychologists, psychiatrists or whatever, but then the one on the pitch is the player and the one who makes the tackle or the reaction is the player. “If they learn, great; if they don’t, then they are going to have a problem to play in the team because they are going to be more out than in.” The double suspension will force Poyet into a reshuffle for the Saints’ visit to Wearside, while keeper Keiren Westwood is rated at only 50-50 as he attempts to shake off the after-effects of his collision with Tigers’ defender Paul McShane at the weekend. However, while the cup may not be the Black Cats’ main priority this season, the manager is hoping the game can help to forge a level of consistency ahead of Sunday’s daunting clash with Manchester City.
Published on December 18, 2018 at 10:07 pm Contact Billy: email@example.com | @Wheyen3 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse led for most of its game with No. 14 Buffalo. But the Bulls (11-0) came back and outscored the Orange (7-4) in the second half to take a win in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, 71-59. It’s the first time in the Jim Boeheim era that the Orange have lost back-to-back nonconference home games.Here are four takeaways from the game.Bulls insideSyracuse outsized Buffalo. Occasionally, the Bulls went with 6-foot-10 Montell McRae at center, but more often it was 6-foot-8 Nick Perkins. But UB dominated on the glass. The Bulls won the overall rebounding battle and finished with 18 offensive boards.It wasn’t just Perkins either. With about seven minutes to go, 6-foot-2 guard Davonta Jordan beat Oshae Brissett inside and grabbed an offensive rebound before going up to finish. That put the Bulls up two.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith three minutes left in the game, Perkins rose above all the SU players to grab an offensive board. Two passes later, CJ Massinburg spun through the lane and finished off the glass to put the Bulls up seven.Missed free throwsSyracuse missed 12 free throws in its loss to Old Dominion. Afterward, Boeheim was baffled that the Orange could miss that many free throws in a home game. But it didn’t improve against Buffalo.The Orange shot six free throws in the first half against the Bulls and missed four. The Orange only had one first-half trip to the line that didn’t feature a miss. When Elijah Hughes got to the line in the second half, he made his first but back-rimmed the second, keeping up the inconsistency. With SU down four, Battle had a 2-for-2 trip to bring the Orange within two under five minutes left in the second half.But with Syracuse trailing by seven, Brissett missed both on a trip to the line. Massinburg answered with a 3 at the other end to make it a 10-point game, and that was that. The Orange finished 5-for-13 from the line.Finding FrankIt’s been a tough road back for Frank Howard since his return from injury. He hadn’t hit double-digits in any of his games since returning against Colgate. Jim Boeheim had said last week before SU played Old Dominion was big for his recovery, and he scored nine against the Monarchs.But for the first time in his senior season, Howard looked aggressive in the first half against Buffalo. He knocked down a few outside shots and looked to attack more than he had all season.At the end of the first half, Oshae Brissett grabbed a defensive rebound and pushed the floor. Howard trailed on the left wing, and Brissett pitched it to him as the clock wound down. With just a few seconds left on the clock, Howard rose up and swished a 3 to end the half.Howard couldn’t keep it going in the second half, though, as he finished with only three more points. He kept creating solid looks, but they weren’t falling.Huge HughesElijah Hughes got hot in spurts on Tuesday. In the first half, he made an array of jumpers and attacked the rim. In the second half, he found the 3-point touch he’s showed much of the season. First, he drained a 3 from the top of the key. Then, with about 12 minutes to go, he rose up from deep on the right wing and knocked down another 3 to put Syracuse up six. Hughes had a costly play late on, though, as he gambled on a steal on the wing and when he missed, Massinburg was left open in the corner. Buffalo’s star drained the 3.