GUS Poyet says he could not believe how generous Sunderland were to their opponents in the first half-hour at Cardiff on Saturday night.
And he has made it clear that they cannot expect to start so poorly in games and get away with it in the future.
“We started off very badly and put ourselves in the situation we were in because of the way we were playing,” he said.
“We then improved by the end of the first half and I wasn’t expecting the second goal from them just before the hour – it was a very poor goal to concede.
“It was very difficult to see us getting back into it late on, but we didn’t give up and we got a result.
“What we have to remember, though, is that we cannot expect to come back from two goals every time – the players know that.”
The Sunderland head coach however took great satisfaction from the way his team rallied and showed the character he has demanded from them.
“It looked difficult at 2-0 down, plenty of things for us to do,” he mused.
“But then, in the last 20 minutes, there was only one team in it.
“We stepped it up and showed character and desire and kept on going and going and going.
“I started to feel a goal would come and the only question would be whether the first goal would come in time for us to get a second.
“That’s because sometimes it is clear you are going to be the team on top for the rest of the game but you just run out of time to get back level.
“We had plenty of things going against us, but I have to say that I was pleased that against Cardiff we got a deflected goal.
“Something has gone in our favour because it hasn’t for a long while and it was good to get a little bit of luck – a lucky goal.”
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