Point could be crucial at the end of the season, insists Sunderland boss

Jack Rodwell and John O'Shea celebrate the midfielder's point-saver at Hull
Jack Rodwell and John O'Shea celebrate the midfielder's point-saver at Hull
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JACK Rodwell’s late strike at Hull City could be vital come the end of the season.

That’s the opinion of Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet, who says the point earned at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night could make the difference at the end of the campaign.

It’s a very important point in a very difficult game

Gus Poyet

Sunderland had looked to be heading for another defeat when they trailed Hull with just under a quarter of an hour left on the clock.

But Rodwell’s close-range goal 13 minutes from time salvaged a precious point for the Black Cats.

The draw increased the gap between Sunderland and the relegation zone to four points, temporarily at least, despite the poor performance.

And Poyet says that could be crucial in the final analysis in May.

“No doubt that point could be vital at the end of the season,” said Poyet.

“There are many games in the season that you remember because maybe you lost to a side in a game you controlled.

“But somehow you don’t remember the ones you win when you do not deserve the three points.

“It’s a very important point in a very difficult game.

“For long periods, it looked like it (the game) was going away from us.

“We kept trying, although we couldn’t create too many chances.

“But I can tell you that we tried as much as we could.”