GUS POYET says he “can’t put into words” the magnitude of Sunderland’s victory at Crystal Palace.
The Black Cats ended a run of two back-to-back defeats, and moved out of the Premier League relegation zone, after registering a first away win of the campaign with a 3-1 success at Palace last night.
Sunderland spent long spells on the back-foot and were forced to scrap for victory, but Poyet insists the manner of the three points was utterly irrelevant.
Poyet said: “We needed a win somehow, I can’t put into words what we did.
“But we had to win. All managers can talk about a specific way of playing but this was just about winning.
“There were so many things against us, the last few weeks, the last 20 games on a Monday night, we needed to do something to win.
“This was a game where we knew we needed to suffer for periods.
“You can’t just play one way. We couldn’t just say we are a passing team and that is it. I think that was the best part of it.”
Despite Steven Fletcher’s double and Jordi Gomez’s first Premier League goal for Sunderland earning the three points, the Black Cats received a slice of fortune within the first 30 seconds when referee Phil Dowd failed to award a penalty for a clear foul by Santiago Vergini on Fraizer Campbell.
“I think everyone is saying that it was a penalty, so I’m not going to disagree,” said Poyet.
“Even my analyst said that it was a penalty. We got the luck.
“We haven’t had much luck this year so what’s important is that when you have it, you take advantage and win the game.
“It was tough for 10 or 15 minutes after that, they were coming at us. I think they had four or five corners in a row.
“It was difficult to cope.
“That’s something that we needed. We had everybody defending and trying to fight for each other. We were doing the part that we don’t enjoy.
“I don’t think too many people enjoy doing the ugly side of football, but you need to do it to get three points.”
Even a fourth own goal in the space of 16 days - scored by substitute Wes Brown - didn’t throw Sunderland off their game-plan.
Fletcher netted his second to regain the advantage, before the Scotland international sealed the points in stoppage time.
“Wes doesn’t know how it happened, I think that moment was a key moment,” added Poyet.
“After the difficulties of the last two weeks, it would have been very easy for the team to go weak, it was a good reaction.
“I think they deserve the credit because it was not easy. It’s not easy to come here, they didn’t stop coming and coming at you.
“They keep putting the ball in the box, they keep winning corners, you need to withstand that to have a chance of winning the game.”