Poyet focused on attack

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by Stuart Vose

Boss says Black Cats can't sit back against Everton.

Gus Poyet says his side must take an attacking mindset into this weekend’s game against Everton.

Sunderland host the in-form Toffees on Saturday looking for priceless points with seven games to go.

Everton have won each of their last five games but suffered a defeat to the Black Cats earlier in the season as Poyet’s side won 1-0 at Goodison Park.

We have to go for it and that changes the game a little

- Gus Poyet

The Uruguayan says the need for points changes the complexion of this weekend’s return game and feels composure will be key.

“We have to go for it and that changes the game a little,” he explained.

“Sometimes that can help you because you have to go forward, but sometimes you can be a little too anxious and hurry up too much.

“There’s a big difference between playing quickly and playing in a hurry.

“That’s one of the things that happened to us here against West Ham – we were in a hurry all the time.

“Having said that, we created some great chances.”

He added: “It’s an opportunity. Football has seen some strange results so we need to make sure we use that in our favour and take advantage.”

Meanwhile Poyet has confirmed that Wes Brown will be available for selection after the defender suffered a nasty facial injury during the defeat at Tottenham earlier this week.

The defender required a spell of treatment after a clash of heads with Spurs’ Harry Kane, and sported a badly swollen black eye afterwards having bravely rejoined the action.

“I had a big decision to make at that time; I needed to change a centre-back and Carlos [Cuellar] was in his first game for a while, but at the same time Wes had a black eye,” Poyet said.

“Knowing Wes’s character, I decided to change Carlos. Wes will be okay for [Saturday], no problem.”