GUS Poyet reckons Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was “very brave” with his substitutions in today’s Tyne-Wear derby.
With Sunderland heading into the game unbeaten in the last five derby meetings between the two clubs, Newcastle manager Pardew was under pressure to end the Black Cats’ dominance in the fixture.
Pardew threw on strikers Adam Armstrong and Papiss Cisse, and attacking midfielder Remi Cabella, in a bid to secure victory in an end-to-end finale.
But Sunderland kept the Magpies at bay before hitting Newcastle on the break from their own corner in the last minute with huge rewards.
“I think Alan was brave, very brave, very brave,” added Poyet.
“I think he put as many strikers as he could to win the game and, for 10 or 15 minutes, they gave us plenty of problems.
“They made us react, and the substitution of Liam Bridcutt for Lee Cattermole was because of that, because we needed to adapt.
“It was a very brave move from Alan.
“Now, because of that, we were able to break and score the goal.
“You never know...it’s unfair, but sometimes in football, it happens.
“You put plenty of forward players on to win it two or 3-0, and it can go a different way.
“It’s difficult to predict, but I think it was a very, very, very brave move, and it nearly paid off.”
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