GUS Poyet has revealed there has been “a 100 per cent” turnaround in the mood and attitude on Sunderland’s training pitch this week in the wake of the inspiring derby win over Newcastle United.
The Black Cats recorded their first Premier League victory of the season in beating the Magpies at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
And the thrilling nature of the triumph – a fabulous late strike from Fabio Borini after Steven Fletcher’s early opener had been cancelled out early in the second half – further enhanced the feelgood factor around the Academy of Light.
Asked about training this week, Poyet said: “It has been great – from last week to this, it has been completely the opposite: 100 per cent.
“They have been on a high all week and that has been great but, by the end of Wednesday, they had come down a bit, Thursday is about being calm and composed and we turn our mind on Hull then for Friday.
“After that, the derby is gone – it has been nice to enjoy it – but we know we have another job to do and this is now the most important one because it is the next one.
“But it has been great to have the mood and the attitude we have had in training.
“The big thing is we have won a game now – so you hope it should be easier from now on.
“This team now knows it can win a Premier League game and that it can win after conceding an equaliser.
“And to win the Newcastle game, of course, gives a much bigger boost because it is not just any win, it is a very special win.”
And as for on-loan Liverpool striker Borini, Poyet said: “He has been looking at me out of the side of his face and laughing.
“And I have been saying, ‘yeah, yeah, you’ve made trouble for me now’ – because obviously he has made a good case for himself with his goal.
“But it has been great to have banter like that and he has been so positive.
“Sometimes, you know, people like that deserve all the credit they get – I mean just look at his reaction after he scored.
“He has been here only a short while, but you can’t tell me that he didn’t know exactly how much that goal meant – it was a special moment in his career.”