Poyetry in Motion: from Swansea vs Sunderland. ‘It’s a game of two halves, Brian….’

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

The city of Dylan Thomas’s birth seemed as good a place from which to start the new series. Poyetry in Motion follows Bruce’s Banter, Martin’s Musings, Le Parole di Paolo and Bally’s Backchat as the generic title of the incumbent boss’s post-match e-mail. ‘Dear Colin’ is a nice touch but thousands get it, of course, with their own salutations.

Dear Colin,

Something that we were trying to put right from what we have seen thus far in the season is how we can look like a different team in each half of a game.

We need time to address that and time to convince the players that things need to be done a certain way to be able to perform for 90 minutes, at the moment, it’s not there.

The aim was to make sure we gave no chances to Swansea and from there, it was a question about what would happen if we conceded a goal.

As a manager you learn a lot from watching your players on the pitch – you can see which ones turn it up a gear and which ones put their heads down [after conceding a goal.]

Jake: Gus says keep the faith
Jake:
Gus says he learned a lot today

The biggest thing for me today is that I have learned a lot from my players.

It’s not an excuse, but five or six of the players in the team today have not been with me for the last two weeks. They were able to play their part today but not for the full game.

At this level, if you’re losing a game 1-0 or 2-0, you are still in the game, it’s very important we stay in the game until the last minute and that’s something we need to make sure we do.

It’s early, I don’t want to talk too much, but I do want to make sure that we learn from the game today.

We didn’t do what we needed to do and we paid the price


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16 thoughts on “Poyetry in Motion: from Swansea vs Sunderland. ‘It’s a game of two halves, Brian….’”

  1. Oh no they aren’t as one Chuckle Brother said to the other. Only bloody chuckle we’ll get this season!!!

  2. Ian , I hope your right because the alternative is a nightmare that we’re slowly but surely sleepwalking through .If that second half surrender is repeated against the mags I seriously dread to think what the score might be .If we win, it could kick start a fightback of Laserus proportions.If we capitulate, every one of those first teamers ( barring Colback) who are in the last year of their contract should never play for us again.Blood the new breed, prepare for the championship and just get rid of the semi retired, semi motivated wasters who have ruined this club!

      • Aye, here’s hoping, it’s all we’ve got left.The points gap is not insurmountable it’s just the way we’re losing that is the worry, we’re getting hammered, three or now four goals a game. They ran up the white flag yesterday and Poyet has to make some hard decisions and bruise some ego’s or we haven’t got a chance .

  3. Johnson needs his arse kicking – although most of our first team squad would probably miss. He has contributed virtually nothing since signing, a once promising career rapidly going down the pan. Mavrias needs to be introduced.

    • Someone on another site asked why Johnson seems to escape a lot of the vitriol that gets flung at O’Shea,Bardsley etc.My response was that he is invisible, you don’t know he’s there, you actually forget about him!

      • I don’t …I fume in his direction.He is downright lazy
        how he gets picked week afer week is a copmplete mystery to me…hopefully Poyet will see the light…he did remove him yesterday.

        That said he’s not the only one but we are short of quality, so its very hard to see how he can lift these duffers enough to spark a win.

      • The only reason I can suggest [ for Johnson’s inclusion ] is that he cost £10m. He is an absolute waste of space, and picking him virtually means we start with 10 men – and goodness knows, we of all teams can ill afford that.
        I would play Larsson wide right. He is no world beater, but does well for Sweden in that position, and he is no good anywhere else. Alternatively, bring in one of the kids. They cannot be worse than Johnson.

  4. I think Johnson might benefit from a spell on the bench. Give Mavrias a go. We’ll have Ki back for the next game. I like Gardner’s character but don’t rate him so highly in MF or at RB.
    I’d like to see Altidore give Steven Taylor or this new Paul Drummet lad a hard time next week with a 4-4-2.
    Next week might well be a catalyst for a vital confidence boost. You never know, two wins, 6 points, and things are looking better.

  5. I used to hate Birtles CSB but for the vast majority of the time he’s right. It’s simply that the truth is painful to listen to. The only nonsense he came out with today was with respect to us having had 5 managers in 6 years or whatever, and that was his explanation of why we were. Defending his old mate O’Neill who in his opinion was sacked as a result of “short term thinking” or some other such nonsense. According to him “a lot of people don’t think he should have been sacked,” I don’t know who all these people are but they don’t live in Sunderland.

  6. Learn fast laddie, because we are not at the races.

    Other than Catts and Westwood we were poor for large parts of the game. I had to put up with Gary Birtles commentary, how worse can get!!!

    • If we are not at the races because some players are not willing or able to change their style of play perhaps it is time for some of our young hungry players to be given an extended run in the first team…..Mavrais,Mandron,Moberg- Karlsson,Egan ,Laing ,Ba etc

      It nearly worked in 1977 when Arnott Rowell and Elliot were blooded.Do it again Gus….we have nothing to lose!

      • Totally agree, lets hope Poyet has the courage of his convictions and drops the underachievers in the squad and allows youth to have its chance.

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