Sunderland’s Poyet: It’s a good thing to have a cup game now

Gus Poyet.
Gus Poyet.
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GUS Poyet says he is delighted Sunderland face another cup game rather than a league encounter this weekend.

And he says the opportunity to rest tired legs for the visit of non-league Kidderminster Harriers is perfectly timed, given the Black Cats’ busy schedule.

But that will not stop him warning his players that the mid-week giant-killers at Old Trafford midweek must not become the slain giants themselves this weekend.

“The cup win over Manchester United was amazing,” he smiled. “But the game against Kidderminster shows how fast things are coming around - Wednesday: Man United, Saturday: Kidderminster.

“Personally, I think it’s a good thing to have a cup game now.

“I would have been a bit more worried had we had a league game this weekend.

“It was such a high for the players on Wednesday and there has not been much rest for the players, so we could easily have been caught out.

“I think this is a good game for us because we can also experiment and give players a rest while testing out others.”

Poyet though says Sunderland will have to be on their mettle for a non-league side who will be relishing their own ‘cup final’ at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

And he says that although Sunderland will be obvious favourites, there’s always scope for an upset.

“Normally in these games, it should be relatively easy for the bigger team,” he reflected.

“But the key is not to relax - if you relax it is very easy to lose.

“The team that we put out on the pitch though will have experience and quality.

“Yes, it will be the first time they have played together as a team but you are talking about top quality players and it should not be a problem for them.

“In football, there is always a crisis somewhere.

“And the reason for that is often that one team raises their game, another team lowers theirs.

“So I will do my job and make sure my players do not relax.”

Poyet plans to give debuts to new signings, centre-half Santiago Vergini and goalkeeper Oscar Ustari. The only injury doubt is full-back Andrea Dossena who suffered a muscle strain in training.