GUS Poyet slammed his Sunderland team for a poor performance against Arsenal yesterday.
The Black Cats 4-1 defeat at the Emirates kept the Wearsiders in the bottom three but it wasn’t the defeat itself but the manner of it which angered the Uruguayan.
“First of all, I have to pay tribute to Arsenal,” he said. “They were excellent.
“But I won’t accept defeat just because the opposition were better than us - we still have to perform to a level I expect and they did not.
“Technically we were poor – we were second best in everything and therefore we lost and lost heavily: simple as that.”
Poyet now says he will rip up the embryonic plans for the Capital One Cup final he was putting together and look to start again.
Sunderland play Manchester City for silverware next weekend and Poyet had hoped to use the Arsenal game as a dress rehearsal for the Wembley final.
But he said: “I told the players, straight, after the game, that none of them had put themselves on the team-bus for next week.
“There are similarities between Arsenal and Man City - they are not identical but there are similarities and what we tried against Arsenal simply did not work.
“So everything I had in mind before the Arsenal game has gone now.
“We are back to zero and we have to start again.”
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