SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet felt that the final 13 minutes of tonight’s Capital One Cup victory at Birmingham was “the best we have played this season”.
Jordi Gomez’s made the breakthrough for last year’s runners-up in the 77th minute of a tight second round tie, but Birmingham felt the ball had gone out during the build-up.
Adam Johnson and Connor Wickham netted in the final three minutes to add some gloss to a unconvincing performance.
Poyet said: “It was a strange game, it was a poor first half but somehow we got to half time 0-0 but the second half was different.
“The same group of players got something at half-time and the first goal was key.
“It’s not going to be perfect all the time, after we scored it was the best we have played this season.
“We played rubbish for 45 minutes but we finished the game on a high. It’s the way the cup goes.”