Sofiane Boufal to miss EFL Cup final?

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Though Claude Puel's side are without a win in three and just seven points above the bottom three, it would hardly be a surprise if they temporarily put their league fortunes on the back-burner as they have the EFL Cup final just around the corner, potentially leaving the path clear for Sunderland to secure another positive result. We are going to watch basketball, a few are going to the ice hockey, a few will go to Ground Zero and we'll encourage that.

In fact, the Wearsiders' performance in London won the LG Performance of the Week accolade earlier today and Moyes will be hoping that his side can be in contention for the award once again by this time next week.

'We'll go to Monday to Friday and will train every day. The players have shown the standard they can play at.

And he added: 'I hope they give me the same sort of response.

Many of the Toon fan base feel as though the club is lacking a quality target player up top with Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic bringing different attributes to the forward line.

Moyes said: "A lot of footballers get a bad rap and a lot of things said about them, but I'll tell you the truth, I didn't even know the boys were at the hospital (on Thursday)".

'I've always thought if you treat players right, give them the best you can then you can expect the best back from them.

So is a contest against the Saints the ideal game for the Black Cats?

He said: "I'd like to say he was celebrating but obviously the record isn't something he would want".

"The big thing for me is for us to get a team spirit where they look after each other on the pitch, but they begin to build relationships off it as well, so I am trying to help do both". Maybe we're better when we're backs to the wall a little bit. "Now, how often we can get that level between now and the end of the season will be crucial to where we end up".