Gus Poyet had every reason to be pleased at 5pm. What had been impossible for 15 years or so at Goodison had just become possible – a Sunderland win. The fans had chanted ‘we’re going to win the league’ even at 0-0. The reaction at full time suggested that dream had been realised. Here’s what Gus made of it in his post-match e-mail …
Many people have asked what I wanted for Christmas – I was very clear, three points would be the best present for me.
You never know what is going to happen in football, you have to be organized and take advantage of mistakes and we did that today.
It was very hard work – even up against 10 men, Everton were very tough to play against. We need to take this result and do something similar on Saturday.
Sometimes strikers get all of the credit when they score goals but our goalkeeper was our key player today, he helped us get a very important three points.
Valentin [Roberge][and Modibo [Diakite]are absolutely exhausted, they’ve stepped in and been very professional, and now have one day to recover before our next game.
We’re going to do everything possible to make sure they’re okay for Saturday.
There was pressure on Ki [Sung Yueng] for the penalty, big credit to him, he did well and scored it.
We showed great concentration, fighting spirit and the quality that was needed to come through today.
All the best,
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