Monsieur Salut writes: I was relieved to discover no one else had jumped to attention and posted Gus Poyet‘s post-match reaction straight away last night after I’d knocked off my ESPN piece and gone to bed (which started out as ‘gone to bad’; see Ken’s comment). Not surprisingly, after the utter shambles of a second half that saw a respectable 1-1 degenerate into a 5-1 rout, that reaction was curt. But we, as supporters, have few sanctions available to us when let down as badly as this by our club. Not turning up – Pete Sixsmith has already said he will attend no further away games; we’ll be lucky if he bothers with the home ones either – is one. And Salut! Sunderland ignoring, if only by default, the head coach’s attempt at explanation until this morning is another. Pure Poyetry? Poetry in Motion? Hardly. Do not expect to learn much …
I need to choose the right words when I try and explain what happened in the game.
We struggled to find a solution for problems in the last few weeks; we’ve found it hard to turn things around, to find what it is to make the team click. They have been difficult times.
After taking the lead we needed to stay organised and make Spurs have to do something special to get back in the game, tonight I think we lost that little bit of quality on the ball that we needed.
Lee Cattermole deserves to be on the pitch all the time, but sometimes I have to change that because I need a more offensive player, but tonight he deserves credit.
He leads by example; he knows what’s needed on the pitch and he always has an opinion – something that I like in a player.
All the best,
And M Salut’s verdict at ESPN, where the article appears in full at http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/3045?cc=5739
“As the marvellous Sunderland support kept up a wall of sound at 1-2, 1-3 and beyond, manager Gus Poyet buried his head in his hands. The singing fans, in reality, were just as embarrassed.
If Poyet looked up again when Lee Mason ended the misery of Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Sunderland, he will have seen how the players rewarded the supporters for their solidarity: just six of them bothered to go across to acknowledge them.
… he [had] warned that he would walk away from the club if he judged the players had abandoned hope. On the evidence of Monday night, that threat could easily become a reality.”