Sunderland boss Poyet wary of early cup draw decision

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SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet questioned the decision to hold the draw for the FA Cup fourth round before several third-round ties have been completed.

The 46-year-old Uruguayan guided his side past Carlisle yesterday, but knew before half-time that the victors would face either Kidderminster or Peterborough in the next round.

Poyet was not unduly concerned by the situation, but wondered what might have happened had the draw paired the winners with one of the Barclays Premier League’s giants.

He said after seeing off Carlisle: “I don’t know if it’s a good idea. It’s an opinion – I don’t want the FA to get mad with me because I’m not trying to go against anyone.

“I’m just saying if the draw was a top, top team from the Premier League at home, I am sure that Carlisle, in the second half, maybe it would be a little bit different.

“If it’s a replay, well there is no option, the draw has to be done. But with games still to be played, I don’t know why they don’t wait until tonight or tomorrow morning.

“If you are 1-1 at half-time and you get Arsenal at home and you are Carlisle, what a second half they are going to give you, that’s for sure.

“If you are listening, please...it’s just my opinion.”

Poyet felt for Carlisle skipper Sean O’Hanlon, who turned Adam Johnson’s firm cross past goalkeeper Greg Fleming for an own goal which put Sunderland on the road to victory.

Poyet, whose side has conceded five own goals to date this season, was relieved to see their luck change.

He said: “We were talking on the bench about it. I know Sean O’Hanlon quite well and he was very unfortunate. It went for us.”