first_imgDanny Higginbotham accused Sunderland’s players of  “downing tools” in their shock 8-0 thrashing at Southampton on Saturday.The Saints ran riot against their hapless opponents, who scored two comical own goals and were defensively all over the place throughout the encounter at St Mary’s.Rather than just write it off as a bad day at the office, Black Cats boss Gus Poyet said he had learnt from the “worst [he’s] ever felt on a football pitch” about who he can now count on at the club in the future. There were poor performances from numerous Sunderland players including the likes of goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who gifted Southampton two goals, and every defender.And Higginbotham feels it will be interesting to see who Poyet opts to pick for next Saturday’s clash with Arsenal and what it means for those who are dropped.“Some of the players have downed tools, there’s no question of it,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“The thing that’s very telling is what Gus Poyet said after in his interview. He said he knows the players who downed tools. I’ve been on the back of some massive hidings but they were at Chelsea as a newly promoted team, they were at Everton as a newly promoted team and they were very difficult.“When I got into the dressing room afterwards nobody had given up, we were just not as good as the opposition or very naive. Whereas when I look at Sunderland, they’re the team who have been in the Premier League the longest and they have got characters in the dressing room.“Now I’m not saying for one minute all of them will have downed tools but I do think one or two did especially if you look at the case that they conceded four in 20 minutes.“The one thing with Gus Poyet is he didn’t just come out and say, ‘it’s a bad day at the office, we have these every now and then.’ He actually came out and said ‘the players are hurting but I learnt a lot of things about my players.’“His next line up is going to be very interesting.”last_img read more

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