Echo Jury: Capital punishment after another feeble start

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WELL, that was dreadful to say the least, writes Matthew Foster.

That was probably the poorest we’ve been under Poyet’s stewardship. And when it’s against Arsenal, you’re going to be punished.

In fairness, Arsenal weren’t even on their best game, we just were so bad, it made winning a really simple task.

Whether the players were distracted by Wembley, only they know. But hopefully that’s a wake-up call that such performances are unacceptable.

The only player who guaranteed his place in the final for me, was Mannone. He made some great saves and unfortunately for him, the back four he was behind did him no favours whatsoever.

There was one player who may have forced himself into Poyet’s thought’s for this Sunday though, and that was Giaccherini. Yes, his goal was a very small consolation, but it was a definite goal-of-the-season contender, and keeps him in contention.

For now, the league is put to one side, and we have all this week to prepare for Man City.

A lot of mistakes from that defeat must be rectified, and the belief that we can win must be evident from the start. As anything other, will simply hand City the trophy.