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Premier League: Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore receives backing from Gus Poyet

Jozy Altidore: Backed to start scoring by Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

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Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has admitted that Jozy Altidore needs a goal but has told the striker that if he keeps performing like he did against Newcastle United there is no need to worry.

Altidore has scored only twice in 31 appearances this season, and just once in the Premier League, while he spurned a glorious chance at St James' Park on Saturday when clean through on Tim Krul.

However, he played his part in an impressive 3-0 derby victory and Poyet insists he still has faith in the USA international.

Poyet has been impressed by Altidore's attitude during a difficult period and hopes he will soon find the net.

"Jozy had a magnificent game at the weekend. I was so sad that he didn't score that chance. They practically gave it to him," said Poyet.

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17. Jozy Altidore

  • Appearances 32 (9)
  • Goals 7
  • Assists 1
  • Yellows 5
  • Reds 0
  • Current Season

"But I said to him in the dressing room, 'Now you know how important you are, and you can feel it'. If we keep winning, his goal is going to come. But his performance was one of the biggest and most important points for us.

"It's difficult, because I know strikers. I played with a lot of strikers who were top scorers, and when they didn't score for a while, they would not pass the ball to you - they would shoot from anywhere because they wanted to score.

"He is not doing that, which is great and a credit to him.

"Somehow, we need to try to get him a goal. Maybe we need to beat the keeper and give it to him to tap in."

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