We're running out of time, admits worried Sunderland boss Gus Poyet
GUS Poyet admitted struggling Sunderland are already running out of time in the Premier League after their second-half capitulation at Swansea City.
Poyet's first game as Black Cats boss went okay during a goalless first 45 minutes.
But Sunderland collapsed as Swansea moved through the gears in the second half.
Jonathan de Guzman followed Phil Bardsley's own goal with a brilliant second, before Wilfried Bony's penalty and the first Premier League goal of Chico Flores's career rounded off what was ultimately a comfortable Swansea victory.
"The performance in the second half was completely different from the first," moaned Poyet.
"We were organised in the first half and made it difficult for them to get in behind us. At half-time we were thinking maybe we could win the game, but no.
"We conceded two goals in five minutes and then the game was gone. We have to stay in the game and if Fabio Borini had scored we would have been back in it.
"But then we conceded a bad third goal, a penalty when there is no danger, and another set-piece goal.
"We were completely opposite in the second half compared to the first, and that's difficult to explain."
Even after only eight league games, Sunderland appear to be in deep trouble.
They have taken only one point from the 24 available to date this season and head into next week's Tyne-Wear derby in desperate need of a result.
"I knew how big the task was here even before this game," Poyet added.
"I know what we need to work on but what I don't know is how quickly we will work, whether it will take five days or one month.
"I hope it will be very quickly because we cannot lose any more time. Next Sunday after the next game I can tell you if we have got better.
"We need to do it quickly because there is no time for us — we need to improve now. It is difficult, but I believe it is possible.
"We have no other option that to work and turn that first-half performance into 90 minutes as soon as possible as time and games will pass by with us still at the bottom."
Sunderland had their chances before Swansea went ahead, with Steven Fletcher and Bardsley both blowing opportunities at set-pieces.
But once Bardsley inadvertently put through his own net, the team Poyet has inherited from Paolo Di Canio crumbled, Borini lashing their one chance to get back into it over bar.
Now former Brighton manager Poyet is plotting changes ahead of the Newcastle clash.
"I learned massively about the players, about individuals, in the second half. That's very important for a manager," he said. "Some players reacted in a good way and others didn't. Some tried to change but if you believe in what you do, you have to keep playing the same way.
"I thought I picked the right team in the first half, but now if you were to ask me if I did, I would not be sure.
"As a player you do not want to give the manager the chance to pick someone else. But they have given me the chance to do that whatever they are like this week."