Sunderland delight: Poyet hails Bridcutt debut influence

Liam Bridcutt makes a move against Newcastle. Picture by Peter Berry
Liam Bridcutt makes a move against Newcastle. Picture by Peter Berry
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GUS Poyet was full of praise for his whole team in the wake of the Black Cats’ crushing 3-0 win over Newcastle United today.

And he said he had no qualms about blooding new boy Liam Bridcutt in the white-hot heat of the Tyne-Wear derby.

“Liam Bridcutt knows the defensive midfielder role I want us to play perfectly,” he said. “So I was not worried.

“If there’s one person that knows the role better than anyone else in the world, it is Liam and the best thing for him is that we won, we kept a clean sheet and he got through 90 minutes having not played all month.

“He was not the only one though who played well, I thought Jack was great and I’m glad he’s got his goal.

“Jozy Altidore had an excellent game for us and it was just a shame he couldn’t get a goal but there were positives for us all over the pitch.”

Now Poyet wants Sunderland to keep up the good week.

“It will be a shame if we don’t stay up now because we have given ourselves a chance.

“We were looking for back-to-back wins and to get it in this game was a real bonus.

“I think the players have a belief we will stay up, they are convinced and I think they are enjoy playing this way.

“The players know what is needed and a big example of that is Adam.

“For some reason we seemed to be giving Adam Johnson the responsibility of Adam to do everything. We have changed that and he is taking advantage and he showed his quality once again in this game.”

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