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…


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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5 Responses to “Poyetry in Motion: Saints alive – Sunderland win!” Subscribe

  1. Jeremy November 7, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    Good. A step in the right direction. Two successive home wins. Shame we didn’t keep a clean sheet. We need to start doing that. Quarter finals. Who’d have thought it?

  2. CSB November 7, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    Conceded from another needlessly given away free kick. Hopefully the result will instil a wee bit of confidence.

    Passing was much better, but still a ways to go.

    Man City will be testing. I must admit I was a bit disappointed when he brought Larsson on, thought he might have given one of the young lads a run out, but a good fin(n)ish (I know he’s Swedish) all the same.

  3. Rob November 7, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Again, Colback was the best performer. We need his new contract, local lad and for me, our best player.

  4. vince November 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    You could see they were told to pass it even if that ment going backwards and start again…which was a novelty.

    Though the team creaked at the edges at times at least we have better control of the game for longer spells.As they say practice makes perfect.Lets hope they continue to build on that.

  5. Jeremy November 8, 2013 at 3:06 am #

    CSB said “Conceded from another needlessly given away free kick. Hopefully the result will instil a wee bit of confidence”

    This is the 7th or 8th time we have conceded from a set piece. That’s something which needs to be addressed. It might be only slight progress but at least we have stopped shipping goals like there was no tomorrow. GP said that this was one of his biggest worries when he arrived.We need to get a couple of clean sheets in league games and go from there. Man City next. We usually manage clean sheets against them, well sometimes anyway…………..

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