Bad day at the office – Poyet

by Kate Smith

Head coach on Arsenal defeat.

Gus Poyet endured an afternoon to forget in north London after watching his side fall victim to high-flying Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Sunderland were beaten 4-1 in the capital after Olivier Giroud marked his return to action with two early goals for the hosts; Tomas Rosicky clipped home a third just before the break and Laurent Koscielny headed home the Gunners’ fourth 10 minutes after the restart, before Emanuele Giaccherini grabbed a late consolation goal for the Black Cats.

The head coach was frank in his post-match assessment, conceding: “My emotions are running high after watching the game, I’m trying to not to make any decisions so soon after it.

“It could be that we were second best, or it could be that on the day there were things that we simply weren’t good enough at - I think it’s a mixture of the two.”

Poyet was disappointed with how his side started the game, which saw the hosts grab two goals within the first half an hour.

“Arsenal were very good on the ball and we couldn’t cope with them,” Poyet continued. “We had a very bad day on the ball; we were very poor and we paid the price.

“Maybe it’s a good time for it to happen, a week before the cup final; some people say if you have a good result before the game it can make you too confident and others say if you have a bad one it’s a wake-up call.

“It was a bad day at the office. We weren’t good enough against a very good team, maybe it was nerves or something but it’s definitely given us something to think about.”

The Uruguayan changed things around at the break, bringing on Giaccherini and Sebastian Larsson to bolster his team’s attacking options.

“The players that came on deserve credit,” the head coach explained. “They came on when we were 3-0 down away from home, I bet they were thinking ‘thanks for that, gaffer’, but they did their jobs and then it was a great finish from Giaccherini for our goal.

“I had an idea about how I wanted to play next week and which players I wanted to use - today’s game has put a few doubts in my mind.

“It’s an important week for us now; the players are going to have to work very hard to get into the team.”

Watch the full interview with Gus on SAFSee above.