Pure Poyetry: Estoy contento, pero no estoy feliz, y como estas, Fidel?

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

John McCormick  writes: How did we do at Swansea last season? I, and everyone here, will no doubt have forgotten, or will no doubt want to. So, with today providing a measure of our progress how do you feel? Personally, I’m happy. But is our manager?

Let’s see what he says as M Salut shares with us the e-mail Gus crafted specially for him, and perhaps a few chosen others, with the hope there’s nothing lost in translation:

Dear Colin

Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

I was very, very pleased with the first-half performance. I thought that we were in control, passed the ball well and kept the red flag flying.

'We've kept the red flag flying'

‘We’ve kept the red flag flying’

The players were feeling good at half time, but it was a matter of maintaining that level, which is difficult when you’re away from home.

Unfortunately, we conceded the goal and the way Ki scored was not like us, but that is football and we need to learn from it, but overall I’m pleased.

I won’t say I’m happy because I’m never happy, but I was pleased with the performance and the point, which we need to make a better result on Tuesday.

The performance in the opening 45 minutes was what we were hoping for.

Jake the rebel

Jake the rebel

I needed the team to believe in the passing game in terms of keeping the ball, moving around and creating attacking situations, so that you can rely on top scorers and special players because when you’ve got Jermain [Defoe] (and O’Shea Guevara) in your side you know that sooner or later he will score.

I think that it was key [building on recent results] and we’re disappointed because we were ahead. We needed to finish the week on a high and make sure we took something into Tuesday’s game.

It was a great game for us with no excuses and confidence is high, so let’s hope we can go and win on Tuesday against QPR. Long live the revolution!

Thanks for your support,

Gus Poyet


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8 Responses to “Pure Poyetry: Estoy contento, pero no estoy feliz, y como estas, Fidel?” Subscribe

  1. Phil D February 7, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

    ¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!
    Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara

    This could be for Sunderland too.
    “Until Victory, Always!”

    Maybe Hemingway would approve too – no Death in the Afternoon for The Lads, nor, hopefully, at the Bodeguita del Medio, Hemingway’s favourite bar in Havana.

    • malcolm February 8, 2015 at 12:33 am #

      Last again on MOTD though. Another 1-1, two 0-1s and a 0-0 ahead of us. Maybe there is something in Lars Knutsen’s conspiracy theory after all!

      • Jake February 8, 2015 at 12:38 am #

        Stop complaining Malcolm! everybody knows the whole nation wants to watch the Merseyside yawnfest! But……From what I’ve seen JD’s goal is easily the Goal Of The Day!

  2. Drummer February 8, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    I think they purposely put us on last as they see the size of our crowd home and away and know that a sizable amount of us will stay switched on untill the end . Fairweather we ain’t !

    • malcolm February 8, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      You get a better 10 minutes highlights presentation on the club’s website anyway – just wish they would stop wasting 20 seconds on a close up of the manager’s face.

  3. Joan February 8, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    I’m afraid we’re always on way past my bedtime. Sunday morning with a 2nd cuppa is a better option.

    Love the illustrations by the way Jake!

  4. Joan February 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    We’ve not been a bad side this season. obviously the lack of goals has been the problem. So, with the arrival of Defoe I feel a few seeds of optimism and hope cautiously starting to germinate. Then again, it could be the sunny weather and those alfalfa sprouts I ate yesterday

  5. salutsunderland February 8, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Brilliant, John — unless Gus did it all himself

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