Poyetry in Motion. SAFC 1 Manchester City 3: players and fans oustanding

Our lot: outclassed City
Our lot: outclassed City

Colin Randall writes: I snapped away last night at the London and SE SAFCSA branch eve-of-final social and today in the approach to the game. I am full of admiration for them, full of contempt for the Tory MP, Robert Halfon, who oafishly tweeted: “Went to London for dinner. Wish I hadn’t. Scumbag football hooligans turn Covent Garden into a disgusting cesspit.” By all accounts of police reaction I heard, our supporters were numerous but good-natured. And as Gus Poyet says in post-match e-mail taking justified pride in the way his players performed, the fans inside Wembley were outstanding. Three-one was a cruel result; City’s second-half recovery was explosive but short and getting to extra time would not have flattered Sunderland ..

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Poyetry in Motion after edging past Kidderminster Harriers: ‘best part was winning’

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

Not emphatic, not memorable but we’re through. Let the boss speak for himself in his post-match e-mail to M Salut and a millon others …

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Poyetry in Motion from Manchester United: ‘even the players sang Vito’s name’

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

Pete Sixsmith captured it in his seven-word verdict: ‘Oh Vito Mannone. Oh Vito Mannoe. Hero.’ Now it’s Gus Poyet‘s turn and he rightly hails a wonderful night, a tremendous team effort (from the keeper’s pentalty shotoout saves to the glorious 9,000-strong away support) and a result that brings sunshine shining on a season that looked so gloomy …

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Poyetry in Motion on beating Manchester United: ‘City reject’ Johnson shines

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

Isn’t it grand when, for once, a Sunderland player taunted by opposition fans over past connections pops up to bite them on the bum? Gus Poyet, in his post-match e-mail, identifies the arrival of Adam Johnson, our purchase from Manchester’s stronger club, as the match-changing moment of a heartening cup victory. It’s only half-time, as Jake points ou, but Man Utd are no longer invincible at Old Trafford and the boss says he would gladly have taken a one-goal lead if offered it before the …

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Poyetry in Motion from Cardiff: never say die attitude brings reward

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

There was turmoil off the pitch at Cardiff where the owner began with a smile on his face, no doubt convinced that he could convince the home support that he knows best. No sign of turmoil on the pitch, where the red Bluebirds started brightly and had Gus Poyet’s men on the backfoot. Unlike at Goodison the centre back pairing of Roberge and Diakite were looking decidedly shaky and some slack marking gave the Welsh side a two goal lead. An enforced substitution at half time (the latest is Borini is out of hospital but staying in Cardiff overnight) and two others later in the game proved decisive. With the Black Cats gaining the upper hand in the latter stages it was two of the subs who got the goals that took a point back to Wearside and left Mr Tan apparently booing his own team. Our Uruguayan coach is effusive in his praise of the team’s battling qualities in his post-match e-mail …

Jake says "flipping heck" or words to that effect
Jake says “flipping heck” or words to that effect

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Poyetry in Motion as Chelsea sent packing: ‘show same belief vs Norwich’

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

Gus Poyet said in his post-match e-mail what we must all have been thinking: a rousing night for all who support Sunderland but now let’s do it in the more important setting of Premier League football. Start catching up those just above us, ready to overtake at least three of them, and the Capital Cup semis become a delicious bonus …

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Poyetry in Motion, on Chelsea: ‘an exceptional game of football’

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

Gus Poyet‘s post-match e-mail arrived around the time Mr Pardew was complaining on MOTD that his side had been unfairly treated. What would you rather do, listen to Mr Pardew bleating on or read an e-mail from Gus? I thought so, so with no further ado I logged back on and posted the e-mail for your delectation. Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth, and now I’m off to bed. I’ve a busy day tomorrow (actually today, it’s after midnight): M Salut’s still off line and there’s Pete’s match summary, Spurs ‘Who are You?’, Guess the Score and a top-notch podcast to look after. See you then, John Mac

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Poyetry in Motion: Saints alive – Sunderland win!

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


In his post match e-mail Gus Poyet praises his team for getting more right than they got wrong. We all know it is a work in progress but he seems happy enough, seeing some improvement in the application of his philosophy whilst not ignoring the weaknesses he saw against the Saints. At least that’s what he tells M Salut…

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Dear Colin,

The idea was to get two things right tonight – one, the result, and two, to play with confidence. We played a lot better than we have been and we passed the ball a lot more.

I understand that the fans want to see us move with the ball as quick as possible, but playing that way is too easy to defend against. There is always someone in a position to make a mistake when you play that way. You don’t need to be so direct to score a goal; you can allow a player an extra pass to create that chance.

I do believe we looked better tonight; it may be difficult to compare as it was a cup competition.

In the first half maybe we passed the ball a bit better than we did in the second. The way that we made them run behind the ball opened up more chances for us. It is a process, we need to be consistent and do the right things for 90 minutes – not just 10. I’m pleased with the way the players passed the ball.

It is something to build on – especially looking ahead to Sunday’s game with Man City – if you give the ball away against a team like them you’re going to suffer. Set pieces are very important; we always say that and we worked it well tonight and managed to score.

From there Southampton had to commit a lot more, and in doing that gave us the space to go on and get a second and kill the game off. However, for some reason we cannot seem to keep a clean sheet and they pulled a goal back, but we held out and got the win.

All the best,

Guy Poyet


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Poyetry in Motion: beating Newcastle with ‘effort, tension, nerves and some enjoyment’

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

Gus Poyet does not like to be told, as he has been, that winning today was all that mattered to Sunderland. Happy as he is for the players and the fans, he wants a repeat performance and another win next weekend, at Hull. Today was a start; we need to build on it …

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