Pure Poyetry: Sunderland vs Manchester United ‘showed why fans will love Buckley’

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

Gus Poyet, in his post-match e-mail, strikes a justifiably optimistic note. He also singles out a really bright positive to take from the game: the sparkling wing play of Will Buckley. Our new boy’s battle with Blackett was intriguing, but Buckley was its winner. Now let the boss speak for himself …

Dear Colin,

We had a very good first half, an exciting first half. There was a terrific atmosphere in the stadium and even conceding a goal didn’t affect the team or the fans at all.

It was exciting to watch and we came back into the game; I’m very pleased with how we performed on the first half.

There was more work to be done in the second half, but we need to understand that this is going to happen. You get tired, or the opposition is stronger, but these players are trying to get a result and we’ve got another point on the table so overall a very good day for us.

We talked about the mentality of the team last week and we can talk about this again. Last year if we had gone a goal down in this game we would probably have lost two or 3-0, but the team didn’t get nervous or feel pressured and they just kept playing.

It was exciting to watch Will Buckley on the right side; the fans are going to love him.

I know him [Will Buckley] well and I know how much he improved during my two years at Brighton. He knows what we want from him and he’s such a professional that he will listen to you and do it to the best of his ability.

Jake gets the point
Jake gets the point

I think it was a great afternoon to play well and take a point from a top team – even the weather was good, so even if we didn’t win we need to be happy with that result.

Gus Poyet




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2 thoughts on “Pure Poyetry: Sunderland vs Manchester United ‘showed why fans will love Buckley’”

  1. Rob said “Adam Buckley today was excellent”

    It’s not Adam yer numpty; it’s Jeff!

    I think people are getting a bit carried away with Buckley. He showed some promise and has had a decent debut but he faded considerably after the first 20-30 minutes, and it seemed that even Man Utd’s hapless full back had figured him out.

    It’s too soon to tell but it was a promising start. However, I’m old enough to remember Barry Dunn.

  2. Happy. Ish. I would have loved to win 2-1. But it was not to be. I believe I commented on here last year about how we need Lee Cattermole, and it is him yet again that did the best.

    Yes, I know he has been a loose cannon, but, his heart and soul go on that pitch and he is a North Eastern lad. C’mon Adam Johnson “Do The Same !”. Adam Buckley today was excellent, we need a central defender, as our defense is old and likely to injury. Wes Brown and John O’Shea perform well at full fitness, but when they get injured, we have no cover.

    Micah Richards would look a good signing if he would take the wage cut, not sure who else.

    It would be nice to win against QPR next. Knock on wood for luck.

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