Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Sunderland

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 2 - 2 Sunderland

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Poyet won't accept excuses

Gus Poyet has warned his Sunderland players they have "no excuses" as they bid to build on their Capital One Cup heroics.

Last Updated: 20/12/13 at 14:07 Post Comment   

Gus Poyet: Sees midweek win as a key moment

Gus Poyet: Sees midweek win as a key moment

Poyet is convinced the Black Cats' extra-time win over Jose Mourinho's Chelsea can be the spur they need to start the long haul towards top-flight safety provided they show the mental strength required to see it through.

Poyet said: "When you play a top team like Chelsea if you lose in extra-time you are devastated and take maybe two weeks to recover - but if you win you feel stronger and ready to play.

"We want to take that result as a great boost of confidence into this game on Saturday. It's a game we go into with no excuses and that is how I like to see my players go out onto the pitch."

Poyet is all too aware of the previous false dawns during his brief period in charge, with his side failing to capitalise either on the derby win over Newcastle or the 1-0 success over Manchester City.

And with his side already resigned to spending Christmas at the bottom of the pile, Poyet is not under-estimating the importance of a game he knows most people around the club will expect them to win.

"We have always been looking for that key important game and now it's this one," Poyet added. "We keep dreaming about when it's going to happen and I would like to say after this game that it is the turning point in our season."

Poyet has no new injury concerns after the win over Chelsea, with Steven Fletcher and Jack Colback both available again after illness and only Keiren Westwood and Carlos Cuellar still sidelined.

The stigma of being bottom of Christmas and the reputation for such a position almost guaranteeing relegation - only West Brom have survived - is one of which Poyet is only too aware.

"The position is not nice but I don't try to hide it," said Poyet. "If one team has done it then so can somebody else and we hope it's going to be us. But we have to make sure we do it as soon as possible.

"We need to get involved with the other teams who are close by so we can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, then it will be possible. If we keep staying six or seven points behind it will be hard.

"It's going to be tough but we need to make sure we do the right things ourselves first. We can't keep thinking about our position otherwise it is impossible to win games.

"We need to address a few things and concentrate on doing our bit."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets win at Norwich

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Sunderland's draw with Manchester City is a "warning sign" for his side.

Transfer news: Schalke's Julian Draxler set to stay put, insists chairman

Clemens Tonnies says it would take "something extraordinary" for Julian Draxler to leave Schalke this summer.

Premier League: Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood rues loss of Gareth Bale

Tim Sherwood feels Tottenham could have challenged for the title this season had Gareth Bale still been in their side.

Mail Box

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

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