“LET’S use the cup to spur us on again!”
That’s the message from Gus Poyet as he contemplates tomorrow’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.
The Sunderland head coach is conscious of the fact that his team, the fans and the club itself needs a lift after a run of five matches without a win.
But the Uruguayan pointed out that the last round helped boost the Black Cats, and tomorrow might just do the same.
“Last time, against Southampton, we played well and we went on to win against Man City in the league,” said Poyet.
“So let’s see if we can repeat that and do well and then beat Norwich City in the league at the weekend.”
Poyet says he does not plan sweeping changes for tomorrow game in the wake of a weekend performance against West Ham which should have brought Sunderland’s first away win of the season.
“I was waiting to see how we went on Saturday against West Ham,” he revealed.
“If it was going to be a game where it was a disaster, where we couldn’t pass the ball, and it wasn’t my team, then we would need a shock to change completely.
“But, after Saturday, it’s clear we need to look for consistency – so maybe two, three or four changes, but no more than that – I need to take these games seriously.
“I just hope it’s not a crazy game like before against Chelsea – the 4-3 (when the Blues won at the Stadium of Light in the league 12 days ago).
“Hopefully it’s normal and if we score three we will win the game.”
Chelsea will miss defender Branislav Ivanovic, who is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.
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