Gus Poyet rightly hails a fabulous winner and a grand team performance. He cannot quite share our tribal passion but he gets it! Read his post-match e-mail to Monsieur Saliut, and a few other delirious fans, and feel his joy …
It was very special at the end – there are different ways to win a game and to win a derby and I think a winning goal in the last minute is a special way to do it.
It’s a great moment for us, we knew we needed three points and we didn’t stop believing that we could get them throughout the game.
It was a little bit nervy at times, but we had the belief and we defended well and we’ve got a very important result.
I like to be remembered for doing special things and four derby wins is one of those things; it will be remembered for a very long time as it has not happened at Sunderland for a lot of years.
I’m very proud of the players. There were some terrific performances out there today and we did have quite a few problems to start with.
We lost Anthony Reveillere and didn’t have a full-back available, so John O’Shea rolled back the years and stood in and Sebastian Coates came in.
The players showed great character and strength in the last two or three breaks in the game and we showed that we didn’t come to St James’ Park to draw – we came to win.
It’s a very special moment for everyone at Sunderland football club.
I watched Costel’s saves back in slow motion, when you watch how big he is, he’s unbelievable; a quality goalkeeper and he made some key saves for us today.
The best part is celebrating with the fans; we can all enjoy a great Christmas on the back of that result and look forward to Boxing Day.
Thanks for your support,