GUS POYET has hit out at former team-mate Chris Sutton for comparing Sunderland to a “pub team” during their dismal defeat to Aston Villa.
Sutton, who played alongside Poyet at Chelsea, blasted Sunderland for starting the second half of their 4-0 loss to Villa with 10 men, when Seb Larsson was receiving stitches to an ankle injury.
It took Larsson more than three minutes of the second half to reappear, prompting BBC pundit Sutton to say: “It’s like a pub team starting without a player who is having a fag in the car park.”
But Poyet hit back at Sutton, with Larsson completing the full 90 minutes and still sporting a significant limp afterwards.
Poyet said: “I have seen a piece of information that came out where someone accused us of being a pub team and suggested that Seb Larsson was having a fag in the car park.
“I think you need to be careful, because people read and trust what you put out - more than you think.
“They say ‘it’s true, because I heard it in the news’ or ‘I read it in the newspaper’.
“Seb Larsson is one of the biggest and best professionals we have got in the football club.
“He had a massive cut in his leg they were trying to stitch it and they couldn’t do it quick enough.
“He didn’t want to come off because he felt partly responsible for the 4-0 in the first half, so we waited for him.
“We asked the referee to delay the start of the second half for a little bit, there are some rules that say you can do that, but not for long.
“Then he came on.
“It is very disrespectful from a fellow professional.
“Seb Larsson doesn’t deserve that.”