Hoyte ready to bounce back
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Justin Hoyte is confident Sunderland can lift their morale against Portsmouth.Justin Hoyte is confident Sunderland can lift their morale for Saturday's crunch game against Portsmouth.
Sunderland entertain their fellow strugglers on the back of three straight defeats and the clash with Pompey is an early six-pointer.
After Premiership defeats to Manchester United and Newcastle United, The Black Cats were beaten 3-0 at home by Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.
Hoyte, who is on loan at Sunderland from Arsenal, admits recent results have been a setback but is expecting the tide to be turned for the visit of Pompey.
"Of course the players are disappointed with the last two results but I'm certain that, by the weekend, those games will be forgotten," said Hoyte.
"It is up to us, and no one else, to pick ourselves up and claim the vital win against Portsmouth."
The young full back was not too disheartened to be knocked out of the Carling Cup, conceding Premiership survival is Sunderland's priority.
He added: "It would have been great to do well in the cup but The Premiership is what really matters.
"We all know that the Pompey game is a must-win situation."