Cup runs positive for Poyet

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet insists his players will not find domestic cup runs a distraction despite their perilous league position.

Last Updated: 07/01/14 at 19:19 Post Comment

Gus Poyet: Sunderland boss is happy with cup success

Gus Poyet: Sunderland boss is happy with cup success

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The Black Cats are bottom of the Premier League and four points from a position of safety with just under half of the season remaining.

Poyet's side booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 3-1 victory over League One Carlisle on Sunday afternoon.

The Black Cats boss is now preparing his charges for Tuesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg clash with Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.

Poyet is not concerned his squad will lose their focus as a result of extra fixtures, and he believes the more the team plays the better the chance of Premier League survival.

"When I was a player, I wanted to play. I hated to train and the fitness coach making me run and run. I wanted to play games," Poyet said.

"If it was three days (between games), it would be perfection. If it's two days, it's a little bit risky.

"Today we gave a rest to a few players who will be fresh on Tuesday and will have no excuses to perform against Manchester United."

Watch Sunderland v Manchester United in the Capital One Cup semi-finals live on Sky Sports 1HD from 7.30pm on Tuesday.

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