Head coach on 'incredible atmosphere'


Poyet praises support after Capital One Cup win.

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet praised the ‘incredible atmosphere’ created by the Black Cats’ faithful after Tuesday’s evening’s Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg, success over Manchester United.

The Uruguayan was pleased to reward the fans with a win that sees his side take a one-goal advantage to Old Trafford for the second-leg in two weeks’ time.

And he says the win should give a boost to everyone associated with the club.

“The atmosphere was incredible,” Poyet said. “Having the opportunity to play at this level in a semi-final against Manchester United and beat them is something that is important for everyone at the club.

“I’m sure it’s going to bring a little bit of happiness to everyone in the camp.

“If you asked me before the game if I would take a one-goal lead, I would - I’m not going to hide from that.”

And, though he will now turn his focus to two key Barclays Premier League fixtures against Fulham and Southampton respectively, Poyet is keen to see his side stick to their guns at Old Trafford in a fortnight.

“The important thing is we need to go there, knowing that it is going to be very difficult, and we need to play our part,” he added.

“We need to defend well and try to score – that would be important to go through.