'We tried our very best to the last second, to the last option, to the last ball'.
Gus Poyet praised his players’ efforts after witnessing what he described as “a remarkable game of football” against Chelsea.
The visitors took the points from a compelling clash at the Stadium of Light, led by a double from Eden Hazard.
I would like to think that, if we play like today and we fight like today and we do it in the way we did, we should be OK by the end of the season
- Gus Poyet
But they were pushed hard by a Sunderland side who took an early lead before wiping out a 2-1 deficit - and then pulling the game back to 4-3 after falling behind again.
“The only thing I can say is that we tried our very best to the last second, to the last option, to the last ball,” Poyet told SAFSee afterwards.
“We competed to the best of our ability against an exceptional team – they had players today that are a different level and it was difficult for us to cope, but I’m sure every single fan can go home thinking at least one thing, that we tried today.”
Jozy Altidore grabbed his first league goal for Sunderland, while defenders John O’Shea and Phil Bardsley also scored.
Another comeback proved a bridge too far in the end, but Poyet was encouraged by the performance and says his side should soon find themselves moving up the league table if they continue to produce similar efforts.
“I would like to think that, if we play like today and we fight like today and we do it in the way we did, we should be OK by the end of the season,” he explained.
“Can we do this every week? Can we have that spirit every week? It doesn’t matter against who, it’s up to you, yourself, as a player representing the football club.”
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