A matter of belief - Poyet

by Stuart Vose

Head coach reflects on Capital One Cup thriller.

Gus Poyet praised the way his side kept believing after they produced two late goals to see off high-flying Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.

Trailing 1-0 to a Frank Lampard goal, Sunderland found an 89th-minute equaliser courtesy of Fabio Borini before Ki Sung-Yueng’s goal settled the contest two minutes from the end of extra time.

And the late goals made victory even sweeter for Poyet, whose side advanced to the semi-finals of the competition.

Sometimes it’s even better to score at the end because it’s a different flavour

- Gus Poyet

“It was a matter of belief, a matter of knowing that sooner or later if you keep playing the same way you’re going to get the rewards,” Sunderland’s head coach told SAFSee after the game.

“Credit to the players, they stuck by the plan and they believed in what we were doing and as soon as we started passing the ball a bit better we started creating the chances.

“Of course, we would like to score before but sometimes it’s even better to score at the end because it’s a different flavour.”

Meanwhile Poyet was delighted that the fans could savour such a dramatic win following a topsy-turvy tie packed with late drama.

Sunderland came on strong late in the game to secure a victory, and Poyet is looking for his side to recharge their batteries ahead of the game against Norwich this weekend.

“It was a typical cup game with goals right at the beginning of the second half, right at the end of the game and right at the end of extra time,” he said.

“I think it’s something important and something that is important for the fans because they find themselves in a semi-final.

“Now we’ll try to rest because it was a very big effort tonight and now we need to look forward for Saturday.”

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