BEAMING Gus Poyet admitted that even in his long career as player and manager, the 3-0 derby victory over Sunderland’s bitter rivals Newcastle United at St James’s Park takes some topping.
“It is one of the best days I’ve had in football,” he smiled. “There is no doubt about that.
“The Sunderland supporters are incredible and when I’m at a club I become a supporter of it too.
“So I know that when you beat your rivals 3-0 away from home, feelings don’t come much better than that.
“The three points is the most important thing of course.
“It is a win.
“And I don’t know how many people were expecting it,
“But the fact is that we have been a difficult team to beat away from home for some time now and when we put away the early penalty it was always going to put a lot of pressure on the home side in a game like this.”
Poyet felt that in terms of the game plan, things could hardly have gone much better for his side.
“The key was the start to the game and the players deserve all the credit for the way they approached it,” he told the Football Echo “They knew how difficult it was going to be.
“They needed to be strong and tense and focused but also needed to be relaxed.
“It’s a difficult combination but they managed it and then when we put the penalty away it gave us the perfect boost.
“To be honest, we scored at the right time all the way through the match so I’m very happy.”
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