GUS Poyet was grateful for Sunderland’s get out of jail free performance at the Stadium of Light against an impressively slick Southampton side.
In the first half-hour today, the Black Cats put in a dreadful display and could easily have conceded more than the two goals they did.
Somehow, though, they hung on and, just as they had done against Cardiff three weeks ago, they salvaged a point.
So strong was Sunderland’s second-half revival in the wake of Adam Johnson’s 71st-minute leveller, that they might even have won the match.
But Poyet knows a point gained when he sees one.
“It was a very good point,” smiled the Uruguayan. “I’m very realistic.
“We played badly from the start and nothing seemed right for us in the first 30 minutes.
“I would have taken a point at that stage, that’s for sure!
“And then Fabio scored and it is incredible how a goal can change the game.
“Then we got to half-time and somehow we’ve come out and got a point.”
Concerning though that opening spell was for Poyet – and he has promised to pore over it in detail this weekend – he preferred to see his glass as half-full, rather than half-empty afterwards.
“There were so many things that was not right for us in that first half-hour and we were second-best in everything,” he said.
“But the good news is the other side of things – that we came back from two goals down.
“Not many teams do that in the Premier League and not many against a side of Southampton’s quality.
“So I say let’s put the negatives to one side and take the positives – it’s great that we have kept some momentum.
“A team at the top of the table would take a run of one defeat in 10, so we have to be happy with that, as a team at the bottom.
“We’ve got a point.
“Let’s be happy.
“And let’s go to Man United for the cup semi-final in a better frame of mind.”
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