Positive Poyet's preview

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by Stuart Vose

Boss sets out targets ahead of game at Carrow Road.

Gus Poyet has tasked his side with continuing their points-per-game ratio under him so far for the remainder of the campaign.

Sunderland have picked up 24 points from Poyet’s 20 league games in charge – an average of 1.2 per game.

Continuing that form over the 11 remaining games would produce a total of 38 points – exactly one point per game over the course of the season overall.

If we do exactly what we’ve done during my time here we’ll be alright. If we improve, it’ll be easier

- Gus Poyet

Poyet’s side, who travel to Norwich this weekend, have picked up 12 points on the road during his time in charge so far and the Uruguayan is in positive mood ahead of the trip to Carrow Road.

“If you are positive, you can go back over the last five games and say we’ve won two, lost two and drawn one overall,” he said.

“It depends how far you go. For me, I go all the way back to when I joined the club, the full time I’ve been here.

“If we do exactly what we’ve done during my time here we’ll be alright. If we improve, it’ll be easier.

“Between now and the end of the season I want to maintain the points per game level from the time I started here.

“That’s what we need to do.”

Just four points and three places separate the two sides in the Barclays Premier League table, with Sunderland having three games in hand on the Canaries.

The teams drew 0-0 at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season and Poyet is expecting a tight encounter this weekend.

“Norwich make things difficult – they’d had a few games at home without conceding before they conceded a penalty against Stoke,” he said.

“In the game at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season I thought we were the better side for long periods.

“But we couldn’t score, and then they had a 20-minute spell where on another day they might have scored.

“It’ll be very tight and I don’t think there’s too much between the teams. It’s more about how you manage things and go out and play the game.”