Seb: ‘the Lads are happier under Poyet’. Us: ‘our turn next?’

'Hop off the team bus Gus at Villa Park,' says Jake, 'and find us three points'
‘Hop off the team bus Gus at Villa Park,’ says Jake, ‘and find us three points’

It caught my eye that the Sunderland Echo – where’s that piece about the demise of the Footie Echo, Sixer? – was quoting Seb Larsson on how much happier the Lads all were under Gus Poyet.

Glancing at the Premier League table, there’s an obvious response. And the first batch of readers’ comments made it.

Here’s how I put it at ESPNC.com

Brown’s availability for the match could be of immense importance. When fit, which he has not often been since joining Sunderland in July 2011, he is the club’s best defender. John O’Shea, whose otherwise composed play is occasionally marred by inexplicable errors and poor distribution, invariably looks stronger when his former Manchester United colleague is alongside him.

Back in the heady early days of another short-lived Sunderland boss, O’Neill, Brown showed his worth at the other end of the field, too, popping up with a winning header at Queens Park Rangers. After his misfortune at the Britannia Stadium, denied a chance to help his team fight back from 0-1 to draw with or even beat Stoke, natural justice demands a similar outcome at Aston Villa.

There are two snags: it is unwise to pin too much hope on natural justice, and Brown cannot do it on his own. Sunderland will have their customarily loud and passionate fans urging the away end to ‘sing your hearts out for the Lads‘. Poyet has to inspire the rest of the side he sends out to raise their games a notch or two, resist temptation — Neil Swarbrick is the ref and may be less forgiving than he was with Wayne Rooney at Cardiff on Sunday — and ‘play their hearts out for the travelling support‘.

It is all very well for Seb Larsson to tell the Sunderland Echo how much happier the players are these days. At least, despite the nightmare of Villa Park, PDC kept Sunderland up. As a number of the Echo’s readers have been quick to point out, the time is overdue for the newly happy chappies of the dressing room to bring some sustained joy into fans’ lives, too.

Those were my last few paragraphs. Read the whole thing at http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/2451?cc=5739

And Ha’way the Happy Lads.

Monsieur Salut in Paris days, as seen by Matt
Monsieur Salut in Paris days, as seen by Matt

It is all very well for Seb Larsson to tell the Sunderland Echo how much happier the players are these days. At least, despite the nightmare of Villa Park, PDC kept Sunderland up. As a number of the Echo’s readers have been quick to point out, the time is overdue for the newly happy chappies of the dressing room to bring some sustained joy into fans’ lives, too.

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4 thoughts on “Seb: ‘the Lads are happier under Poyet’. Us: ‘our turn next?’”

  1. It’s noticeable that they’re playing better since Poyet arrived . If the team are a happier group now,fine, but our league position is absolutely perilous . I have a feeling that after our little upturn in form a few of them might be deluding themselves about the magnitude of the job in hand , lets hope not.

  2. Keith, I don’t think the Echo was applying too much licence to what he said: “Over the last month, the spirits have really, really been lifted. It’s a good place to be around.”

    But I accept we would be harsh to read complacency or contentment into his words

  3. He didn’t say happy, he said happier which is relative. I don’t believe they are content or complacent, but Seb was just indicating that the mood was better relatively. They and Poyet are doing their best and it will still be a big ask 33pts off 26 games with a very bad record on our travels is not immpossible but it will take hard work and better luck than so far

    H

  4. Well said Salut. None of them should be happy when they look at our points tally and league position. The only emotion they should be feeling is embarrassment.

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