Poyet: Exciting game to watch

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by Oscar Chamberlain

Head coach reflects on good day at the office.

Gus Poyet reflected on a "great afternoon" following Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

The Black Cats came from behind with Jack Rodwell cancelling out Juan Mata’s opener, to ensure their unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season remained intact.

Speaking to SAFSee, the head coach praised the team’s tenacity, the fans' support and, of course, the weather!

There was a terrific atmosphere in the stadium and conceding a goal didn’t affect the team or the fans at all

- Gus Poyet

“I think it is a great afternoon when you don’t lose against a top team, even the weather was good and everything was nearly perfect so even if we didn’t win we need to be happy.

“There was a terrific atmosphere in the stadium and conceding a goal didn’t affect the team or the fans at all, it was exciting to watch and we came back in the game so I was very pleased with the first half."

He continued: “We had to work harder in the second but we need to understand that this is going to happen.

“You can get tired or the opposition can be better than you, but the players tried to get a result and they grabbed more points on the table so overall a very good day for us.”

Rodwell’s 30th-minute bullet header sealed a deserved point for the Wearsiders, and Poyet revealed that his side purposely targeted United from set pieces.

“The idea was to take advantage of plenty of things.

“We are bigger no doubt; we have Santi [Vergini], John [O’Shea], Wes [Brown], Jack [Rodwell], Fletch [Steven Fletcher] and Connor [Wickham], so it is going to be difficult for the opposition to defend against us, especially when you have the delivery of Sebastian Larsson or Adam Johnson.

“It is part of the game but it was a great header,” continued Poyet. “I have been talking to players for many years about how difficult it is for goalkeepers if you head it down but it was the service was great as well.”