Loftus Road Stadium

Next Game

QPR v S'land

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St Andrews Stadium

Last Game

Birmingham 0 - 3 S'land

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Southampton impress Poyet

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is expecting a tough match with Mauricio Pochettino's "brave" Southampton on Wednesday.

Last Updated: 05/11/13 at 17:05 Post Comment

Gus Poyet: Impressed with Southampton

Gus Poyet: Impressed with Southampton

The two teams meet in the Capital One Cup fourth round with a quarter-final match at home with Chelsea awaiting the winner.

Poyet admits he has been impressed and surprised by Southampton's start to the Premier League season - Pochettino's men are sixth and have conceded just four goals.

He said: "They have done very well. They have kept the core of the team. They have added two or three players who are performing at great levels, so they are a very strong team.

"They are the biggest surprise so far, but it's totally deserved because they play a football which is quite brave and very aggressive, especially pressing at the beginning of the game, so there are plenty of things we need to do right to win this tie."

Poyet will be forced to make at least two changes for the game with midfielder Lee Cattermole and full-back Andrea Dossena having both been sent off in a calamitous first half against Hull.

It was the seventh red card of Cattermole's Premier League career and while Poyet felt it was harsh - Sunderland have decided not to launch an appeal against either decision - the manager admits he will have to work hard with the midfielder.

He said: "In any team, you have got different characters and you need to, as a manager, use them to the best of their ability knowing they can do one thing or another, or they can make this mistake or another.

"Lee, we know that when he is frustrated he is maybe going to make this kind of tackle.

"Many managers have talked about him. Me, I am going to try to manage him my way.

"I respect other opinions but I am going to do it my way with him internally, and we will see if he improves that reputation that he has got at the moment in England that he cannot make a tackle."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Champions League: Emergency keeper sends Ludogorets through to group stage

Emergency keeper Cosmin Moti saved two penalties as Bulgarians Ludogorets Razgrad made the Champions League group stage.

Arsene Wenger confirms injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out until New Year

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to play again this year after having surgery on his injured ankle.

Villa and QPR shocked, Leeds lose

Aston Villa were shocked 1-0 at home by Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup second round, while QPR lost at Burton and Bradford beat Leeds.

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property