Head coach speaks ahead of SoL encounter v City.
Gus Poyet is looking for his side to build on their recent home progress against Manchester City at the Stadium of Light this weekend.
High-flying City visit Wearside on Sunday and Poyet says it's important his side make home advantage count.
We must make sure we do the basics and try to find a solution and win the game, because points are very, very important to us
- Gus Poyet
“The teams that are challenging for the title and the Champions League are the most difficult ones to play against,” said the Uruguayan, whose side currently boast the sixth-highest average home attendance in the Barclays Premier League.
“We must make sure we do the basics and try to find a solution and win the game, because points are very, very important to us.
“[Being strong at home] is important to help us out of the situation we are in. If we can win most of the matches at home then we can steady the ship, build our confidence and get points away from home as well.
“But in saying that we need to start that at home and make sure we keep winning games here.”
Meanwhile Poyet is pleased with the progress being made on the training ground as the squad adapt to his style of play.
He says the changes he's making won't happen overnight but was encouraged by what he saw during the win over Southampton in midweek.
“It's improving, but it's not that easy to do it in two or three weeks – it's a process,” he said.
“Maybe individually it's okay, but collectively it's difficult. We showed a few glimpses of what we want to do in midweek [against Southampton].
“If we want to have a chance on Sunday we need to go that way. The mentality needs to be to try and control the game, because if not then Manchester City will control it.
“We must try to pass the ball and make it difficult for them because otherwise they will do that [to us].”