Poyet's praise for battlers

by Stuart Vose

Head coach happy after comeback.

Gus Poyet couldn’t fault his players’ attitude after seeing his side claim a point against Southampton having found themselves 2-0 down.

Jay Rodriguez and Dejan Lovren both netted for the visitors inside the opening 31 minutes to leave the home side with a tough task.

I think that [the attitude of the players] is the most important thing and we need to be positive

- Gus Poyet

But Fabio Borini quickly reduced the arrears, setting the stage for the in-form Adam Johnson to level with a 71st-minute scorcher.

And Poyet was pleased with a point in the end and highlighted the way his side came back into the game after a tough opening 30 minutes or so.

“I think that [the attitude of the players] is the most important thing and we need to be positive,” Poyet said afterwards.

“We’ve got back in the game and got a point in a very difficult competition.

“During the game, we couldn’t cope with them for half an hour but then we gave a good 60 minutes; going forward, pressing, trying to score, the disallowed goal, then we scored again and kept going.

“We were willing for the win so let’s give credit to the players.”

The Black Cats have scored 11 goals in their last four games in all competitions and Poyet was pleased to see his side being clinical again.

Johnson’s equaliser was a case in point – a confident finish into the roof of the net.

“It’s always great to see the offensive players scoring, and Fabio did it at the right time,” Poyet added.

“Johnno is in that unbelievable run of goals so let’s hope we can keep them both fit to play the next few games.

“[I said to Adam], I didn’t know you had that power in your right foot, he saw that opportunity and he really hit it very, very nicely – it was impossible for the keeper to handle it.”

The full interview with Gus Poyet is available to watch now for free on SAFSee – click play above.