Boss’s message after Roberge’s return.
Gus Poyet says Valentin Roberge’s return to action shows that those players not currently in the side must be ready to be called upon at any time.
Roberge – back from a knock – was due for a friendly run-out in midweek before finding himself on the bench for the trip to Stoke.
Credit to him; he took that opportunity and showed what he is capable of
- Poyet on Roberge return
John O’Shea and Wes Brown started the game in central defence, but Roberge ended up stepping in after Brown was sent off in the latter stages of the first half.
And Poyet was pleased with the defender’s performance after stepping in following a reshuffle in the wake of Brown’s dismissal.
“As I always say, be ready,” the Uruguayan said.
“Last week Valentin was not even in the squad as he was injured, and then [Modibo] Diakite got a little problem with his calf.
“Valentin went to play [in the friendly] at Darlington, but the game was called off. Then he found himself on the bench and, after 40 minutes, on the pitch.
“He was ready and can be very important for us. Credit to him; he took that opportunity and showed what he is capable of.”