Boss pleased with fluid cup performance as Black Cats progress.
Gus Poyet couldn’t fault his players’ efforts as Sunderland booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with Budweiser.
Craig Gardner’s super strike four minutes into the second period settled matters, with the Black Cats making it four games unbeaten against the Saints this season.
“I’m very pleased, Southampton are a very difficult side to play against; it’s very difficult to have the ball, very difficult to have chances,” Poyet told SAFSee afterwards.
There were players today that have given me a lot to think about for the future and also about the shape of the team and the idea of playing with two strikers
- Gus Poyet
“Normally they are on top and I think overall we were better than them.”
Sunderland came on strong following a first half of few changes, with Poyet’s team talk at the break focused on his side creating more chances.
His players responded admirably, with Gardner firing home the winner when his shot from outside the box found the net off the underside of the crossbar.
“We were, in terms of playing, controlling it better than them in the first half but without a shot on target,” Poyet explained.
“They were more dangerous than us and that’s the only thing we tried to address at half time.
“What a way to address it, with the goal from Craig Gardner.
“Then we had the chances to score again and we missed a few possibilities and decisions, but overall I’m very pleased.”
Poyet also praised the fluidity of his side’s performance, with the players adapting well to the nine changes made to the starting line-up.
And the Black Cats boss admits he’s got some tough decisions to make going forward with a number of players pressing their claims for a regular place.
“There were players today that have given me a lot to think about for the future and also about the shape of the team and the idea of playing with two strikers,” he said.
“I thought we were excellent on the ball today. Everybody was brave with their passing and decisions and that was the part that pleased me the most.”
- Watch the full interview with Gus Poyet on SAFSee above.