Pure Poyetry from Birmingham: ‘I knew goals were coming’. Stoke next

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox
Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

Gus Poyet accepts Sunderland made a poor start but is delighted that the goals finally came. Stoke at home in the next round sounds winnable, too. Here’s the boss’s post-match e-mail …

Dear Colin,

It was clear that we didn’t start very well, there were plenty of things that we needed to address at half time and we did that and we were much improved in the second half.

We were better on the ball and looked much better technically and I could sense that goals were coming because we were getting in better positions and creating openings.

As in most cup ties the first goal changes the game and that happened tonight, the opposition needed to react and they opened up and left gaps and we took advantage of that. I’m very pleased with our second half performance.

The build up to Jordi’s goal was very good, the passing was very good and the players pushed right until the end of the game and that’s how we went on to get the other goals too.

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We have Stoke in the next round and when you get a home tie it’s always an advantage, obviously it will be a tough game as they’re a strong side but we’re looking forward to hopefully progressing in the competition.

Thanks for your support,

Gus Poyet




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