GUS POYET wants to see Sunderland repeat the determination they showed at Wembley, when they attempt to return there tomorrow.
Although Sunderland succumbed to a third successive defeat in a major final against Manchester City last weekend, Poyet felt the performance was a fair reflection of what he wants to see from “his” team.
And he is eager for the Black Cats to reproduce that hunger at Hull City in the FA Cup quarter-final tomorrow, with victory securing another showpiece occasion at Wembley in the semi-finals.
Poyet told the Football Echo: “I want to see the same tomorrow.
“Whoever plays, that’s the team I want to see.
“Even though we lost at Wembley, that was my team.
“If that’s not enough, I’m responsible. But that’s the way to lose.”
Poyet made two big moves in his gameplan to beat Manchester City after unleashing Fabio Borini as a central striker and recalling Seb Larsson to the starting line-up, so Jack Colback could offer some protection on the left-hand side.
Those decisions paid off in the opening 45 minutes, as Sunderland took the lead through Borini and could even have enjoyed a healthier advantage at the interval.
But Yaya Toure’s stunning long-range strike early in the second half – followed by a second from Samir Nasri within two minutes – left Poyet bowing to the quality in City’s ranks.
“I made strong decisions, they were not easy ones,” he added.
“It was working well and it took something special from someone who is at a different level, to win the game.
“That’s when you have to put your hands up.
“We need to perform like that all the time and the more we do that, the better the chance of staying in the Premier League. Every time and in every little situation.
“We didn’t make a mistake, give anything away or do anything dirty.
“We just played a game to the best of our ability and everything was going well until something unique happened.”
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