Sunderland boss stands by tactical decision

Sunderland's manager Gustavo Poyet.
Sunderland's manager Gustavo Poyet.
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GUS Poyet has accepted all the criticism that has come his way in the wake of Sunderland’s 2-1 home defeat to West Ham on Monday.

But Sunderland’s head coach insists his tactical plan was vindicated by the Black Cats. performance on the night, which he says deserved to be rewarded with a victory.

The Uruguayan played a defensive-minded formation with three centre-halves while the Hammers’ fielded only Andy Carroll up front, and he also left star man Adam Johnson on the bench until the second-half - decisions which left him open to attack from the media and supporters once his side lost.

But today he claimed: “If we played all season like we did against West Ham, then we would not be in the position we are in now.

“If you are on top in games as much as we were against West Ham, then normally you will win those games.- but that’s football sometimes, you don’t get what you deserve.

“We let in a poor goal and we had one deflected but if you played that game again, then our deflection might have gone in and we would definitely have had a penalty.

“We were on top on every single statistic and normally when that happens, you win the game.

“I’m not the type of person to blame someone else before looking at myself and that goes for every game we play.

“So could I have done better? Should I have done better?

“I have to make my decisions before the game and accept it if people are not happy.

“You cannot convince everybody. You cannot make everybody happy. You have to accept that when you are making decisions.

“My thinking was that Adam Johnson would make all the difference in the last half-hour.

“My decision was spot on to a degree - he was fantastic when he came on and West Ham were tiring.

“We’d also been the better side all the way through, even before Adam came on and by rights we should have won the game.

“More than that, I don’t think we can do.

“I’m trying to affect certain players in a certain way in my selections, so that after four or five months they will give something more.

“I’m trying everything I can to do that and I will keep on trying to do that.”