Head coach reflects on Wear-Tyne win.
Gus Poyet was delighted with his players' delivery of a key win having seen first-hand the importance of the Wear-Tyne derby in the build-up to the game.
Sunderland’s head coach was left to reflect on a perfect end to his first home fixture in charge as substitute Fabio Borini’s thunderbolt six minutes from time earned the Black Cats a 2-1 win over rivals Newcastle.
“I’m happy for the players and happy for the fans because this week I’ve been in Sunderland going for dinner, finding a place to live and I’ve seen how much this game means [to the fans],” Poyet said after the game.
I’ve been in Sunderland going for dinner, finding a place to live and I’ve seen how much this game means [to the fans]
- Gus Poyet
“When you have a player on the bench with a willingness to go in and do something special you’ve always got a chance.
“We’ve been working on different things, I’ve been asking a few players to take responsibility and I was so pleased for every one of them.
“They did the right things at the right time, it’s up to them to find the time, the space and make the right decisions in the game and they did it quite early, which was incredible for us.”
Steven Fletcher gave the hosts the lead with a close-range header five minutes in before Mathieu Debuchy equalised just before the hour.
But Borini – on as one of three second-half substitutes – popped up to slam in a dramatic winner.
Poyet felt the substitutes were key to Sunderland’s successful reaction to Debuchy’s leveller and says it’s vital that his side now carry their momentum into upcoming fixtures.
“It was a great start; the stadium was coming down and everything was going perfect until that goal which of course made everybody feel a little bit weak,” he explained.
“We reacted, we changed things and the players that went on gave us something different because they are different. We know what Lee Cattermole is and why he is so important for us and then you have a different player in Ki, and it’s the same with Johnno [Adam Johnson] and Fabio Borini.
“It worked today and I said before this should be the turning point in our season, so let’s enjoy this time, prepare this week and try to win another game next weekend.”
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