GUS POYET believes a draw at Swansea will prove to be an excellent point if Sunderland come away with a victory against QPR tomorrow night.
Last week proved to be a good one for Sunderland, with Poyet’s men building on a crucial win over Burnley and FA Cup progression by putting another point on their tally at Swansea on Saturday.
There was some sense of frustration at Sunderland’s 12th Premier League draw of the campaign after Jermain Defoe’s first-half strike was cancelled out by ex-Black Cats loanee Ki Sung-Yueng.
But, given that Swansea dominated the second half, Poyet admitted the outcome was fair and says a draw will look an even better result if Sunderland can emerge victorious at the Stadium of Light tomorrow against a QPR side yet to record a point on the road this season.
Poyet said: “I think people are thinking we can be disappointed because we were ahead and we conceded quite an easy goal.
“But you need to be realistic.
“I think we played a very good first half – I was very pleased at half-time.
“The scoreline is the consequence of how you play.
“There was something missing in the second half and we couldn’t find it with the players from the bench.
“The boys fought for their lives to get a result and, looking back at the week, it was a good week.
“We need to make sure this point is very good with three points against QPR on Tuesday.”
While Defoe’s second Sunderland goal in the space of eight days grabbed the headlines, the identity of the England international’s strike partner at the Liberty Stadium was intriguing, with Danny Graham making his first Black Cats start since May 2013.
Graham worked hard and held the ball up well, as Defoe started alongside a third different frontman in just five Sunderland starts.
“The work of Danny was impressive – he knows the role a lot,” added Poyet.
“He knows he can score as well.
“These combinations are going to be better for us.
“Let’s see if we can find a way of being solid and attacking with the strikers on the pitch.”
Meanwhile, Poyet confirmed that Emanuele Giaccherini was forced to pull out of Saturday’s game with a recurrence of the injury he sustained from a heavy tackle at Fulham last week.
Giaccherini had originally been named on the bench, but withdrew at the last minute, to be replaced on the bench by youngster Martin Smith, after feeling the problem again during the warm-up.