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Sunderland’s Poyet on West Ham: “We were better in every aspect”

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Sunderland’s Black Cats are in a bad spot. They have one point from their last six Premier League matches, have scored three goals in those contests and have all but given up their matches-in-hand on the teams ahead of them in the race for Premier League survival.

And oh, they have a brutal run-in to Survival Sunday.

So it’ll be interesting to see what buttons manager Gus Poyet pushes moving forward. After today’s 2-1 loss to West Ham, almost a “must win” given their schedule moving forward, Poyet chose to express his team’s superiority.

“I think the situation is simple – we were probably better than them in every aspect of the game except the final score.

“That hurts a lot, but we are not going to give up.

“It was a typical game of a team towards the bottom – we were the better side, passed the ball better, had more shots and then a deflected goal goes in.”

Sunderland’s last victory was a 3-0 win over Newcastle in early February, one that seemed to signal their ascension from the dregs of an awful season. Spirits were high, Cup runs were plentiful and Poyet was, frankly, a boss.

But now the math is no longer in their favor. You can’t multiply their matches-in-hand by three points and optimistically point to safety. A win it their final match-in-hand would boost them to a point back of West Brom, three back of Crystal Palace.

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So as Sunderland looks ahead to the following slate of games, Poyet needs to keep saying the things that move his club.

“Today the message is we are defending the football club to the best of our ability, starting from me to the last person in that dressing room.

“We gave everything possible; we tried our best but couldn’t win. The only thing to do is keep doing it until the end of the season.”

It’ll take that… and still may not be enough to survive a brutal, congested schedule.

April 7 – at Spurs
April 12 – vs. Everton
April 16 – at Manchester City
April 20 – at Chelsea
April 27 – vs. Cardiff City
May 3 – at Manchester United
May 7 – vs. West Bromwich Albion
May 11 – vs. Swansea City

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.