GUS Poyet felt Sunderland’s defending was so good against Chelsea that the Premier League leaders would have struggled to score even if the match was twice as long.
Chlesea, after putting five past Schalke in the Champions League in midweek, drew a blank for the first time in any match this season after failing to make the breakthrough in a goalless draw against the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light.
Considering Sunderland had conceded eight against Southampton just six weeks ago, Poyet was understandably thrilled with the progress his side have made at the back to now be able to nullify the division’s top scorers.
He told Sky Sports: “We stopped Chelsea from scoring for the first time this season, we knew how difficult it was, I saw the Champions League game. We needed to be good in terms of defence.
“I’m very pleased with the performance.
“The quantity of work in the defensive area that we did in the last four, five weeks after the Southampton game, it’s showing. All credit to the players, they were defending for their lives.
“It’s a day when you would expect us to play for three hours and it would be very difficult for the opposition to score.”