Head coach proud of effort.
Sunderland chief Gus Poyet heaped praise on his players after their hard work and endeavour earned a one-goal advantage following the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.
The Black Cats ran out deserved 2-1 winners against Manchester United after twice taking the lead, the first through a Ryan Giggs own goal and then a Fabio Borini penalty after Nemanja Vidic’s second-half leveller.
Following the game, Poyet told safc.com: “I think we did our bit, we made it difficult for them when they were in possession, we tried to defend our way, Manchester United had shots from distance but they didn’t create a clear chance.”
The head coach was also pleased with the circumstances surrounding Sunderland’s opening goal:
“It was right at the end of the first half, which is always important; it’s a different meeting at half-time when you score so late but credit to the players – they understood what was needed at the right time.”
The visitors did manage to pull a goal back six minutes after the restart but Poyet believes the introduction of Adam Johnson from the subs’ bench is what really changed the game.
“United scored from a corner which was very difficult to defend, so overall I think that the performance was there.
“It is little details that change games and maybe today the difference at the end was Johnno [Adam Johnson],” he continued.
“He came on and made a few runs and gave us an extra bit on the ball.”
The full interview with Gus Poyet is available to watch now for free on SAFSee – click play above.