Sunderland fans take to social media as Aston Villa run riot
It wasn't the defeat that left many fans scratching their heads but the manner of it. The game was over at half-time with Villa 4-0 ahead - scoring as many away goals as they had all season beforehand!
The result continued Sunderland’s poor form at home this season, having only won twice at the Stadium of Light in the league so far.
It also saw Villa continue their recent dominance over them. That was an eighth consecutive league meeting between the two that the Midlands side had not lost in (four wins and four draws).
Poyet now a 1/4 firm favourite to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job with bookmaker William Hill insisted he had not heard from owner Ellis Short in the immediate aftermath of the debacle, as he took the criticism on the chin.
Poyet said: "I am responsible. I am one of the few in football nowadays, I am honest. When things go right, I tell you I am responsible, and when things go wrong, I tell you I am responsible. I don't pick and choose.
"I hate people when they pick and choose and they change, they have got too many faces. I am not. I am responsible and as the one who is responsible, you are the one who has to take it."
Asked if he was determined to carry on in his mission to drag the Black Cats out of trouble for the second successive season, Poyet remained defiant.
He said: "I do. That's not even in question. I need to accept the responsibility. I pick the team, we train in a certain way and then Saturday 3pm, that's the thing."
Sunderland's hopes of a much-needed victory were dashed inside 44 chaotic minutes as Villa ended a 614-minute wait for an away league goal, and then built upon it in impressive style to race into a decisive 4-0 lead. It meant Villa had won three on the spin in league and cup and all of a sudden they look a team going somehwere.