New Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has stated that it is time his side started picking up points.
The Uruguayan succeeded Paolo Di Canio and has been saddled with the responsibility of transforming their miserable season.
If he was not aware of the magnitude of the challenge facing him at the Stadium of Light, a 4-0 thumping at Swansea City in his first game in charge has offered him a resonating wake up call.
Things are not getting any easier for the Black Cats who have collected just one point from eight matches, with their next outing a Wear-Tyne derby
against Newcastle United.
Poyet is reluctant to admit that contest as a must-win, but conceded that Sunderland need to find a spark from somewhere if they are to begin a push for renaissance.
Poyet said: “On one side, we have time. But I don’t want to go to the other side and say this game is a final.
“But at the end of the day, it’s about winning a football game, and it needs to be now.
“We say in Spain, ‘Yesterday and not even tomorrow. Now’. So then we go from there.
“It’s a great opportunity. Can we do it? I believe we can, and we are going to work so hard this week to make sure that it is possible.”
Poyet insists he took the Sunderland job with his eyes open, but has urged supporters to be patient as there is no quick fix.
“I knew what the task was. I know, with my knowledge, what we need to work on,” he said.
“But I don’t know how quickly it will work. I can’t tell people it will work in five days or a month. I hope it works really quickly. We cannot lose many more times.
“From my side it’s great to have a long week before playing Newcastle. Monday to Saturday with the game on the Sunday gives me enough time to
work on the pitch with the players, every day.”