Malcolm Dawson writes…Gus Poyet has been at the club for about 6 months now. In his personal e-mail to M. Salut and the rest of the world he says lots of positive things. That’s part of his role as the manager of the club and personally I’d rather he did that than slag off his players in the manner of certain other inexperienced Premiership bosses. But for the majority of those 43,000 in the stadium today, following Sunderland has been something they’ve done for considerably longer. For us today was another frustrating afternoon where we were in control for much of the game, where we never really looked like conceding, but where yet again, we seemed devoid of ideas where it matters – in front of goal. Even Borini’s effort that hit the woodwork was always rising and never looked like going in. It would appear that Gus still has the confidence of the supporters but fine words butter no parsnips as they say and we need to see the promises begin to bear fruit. A draw wasn’t a disaster but it wasn’t what we really needed in the fight for Premiership survival. Anyway let’s see what Gus has to say.
We were the team who were going for the win from the first minute, we didn’t have a negative plan we just wanted to win the game. For a moment there was a feeling that a goal was coming, as it was all Sunderland, but then I’m not sure what happened – maybe tired legs – but the game became stretched and a lot more open. Overall, I can tell you that we tried our best.
Crystal Palace came here and they made it very difficult for us. We were missing that bit of quality and I know we keep saying this, but if we keep working hard it will come. We need to take the formula we used today and keep going, make it difficult for teams and take every game as it comes.
You did think a goal was coming, that’s how it felt. There were one or two chances and it just didn’t happen. [Fabio] Borini was inches away. We showed everybody that we’re up for the fight and we care a lot for the football club.
The support was magnificent and the fans stuck with the players; it was a real help to them. We need to make sure we stick together whatever the result is; at the end of the day we are all in this together.
After a result like we’ve had today, where we deserved to win but didn’t, we need to go into our next game and get something from there to make this point a good one.
All the best,
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