Tuesday 18 September 2018

Poyet tells Cats to build on win

Sunderland's manager Gus Poyet. Picture credit: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis
Sunderland's manager Gus Poyet. Picture credit: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet has ordered his players to forget about their morale-boosting derby victory over arch-rivals Newcastle.

The 45-year-old Uruguayan allowed his team to enjoy a first English Premier League win of the season, which lifted them from the foot of the table for a few days after Fabio Borini's late strike secured a 2-1 success at the Stadium of Light last weekend.

However, Poyet has told the players to draw a line under an afternoon their fans will celebrate for some time yet and concentrate on the task of dragging themselves out of a still parlous position, a task which will continue at Hull tomorrow.

Asked if the victory has increased his belief that his mission was achievable, he said: "I am still believing. I am confident – the idea was to convince the players who were out there on the pitch. Now I think it's going to be – it should be – a little bit easier. Newcastle is gone, finished. Now it is all about Hull City. We need to win football matches and now without any doubt, the feeling you have got inside is totally different now to last week."

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