Poyet reviews cup test

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by Stuart Vose

Head coach speaks after reaching fifth round.

Gus Poyet preferred to focus on the victory after seeing his side secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Charis Mavrias’ early goal proved enough for the Black Cats, with Poyet making 10 changes following the Capital One Cup semi-final shoot-out win over Manchester United in midweek.

“It was probably expected, but then we needed to win,” the Uruguayan told SAFSee after his side’s eighth cup tie of the season so far.

“If you asked me what is important for us now, it’s just to win games and to feel that we can be strong at home.

“Of course a new group of players playing together for the first time – I think they were very brave in the first 20 minutes - very, very good."

He added: “It was very good [Mavrias’ goal], he didn’t think twice, it was a great strike and at that time it was what we needed.”

Mavrias’ goal gave Sunderland the early initiative, but Kidderminster regrouped and threw men behind the ball to frustrate the hosts.

“[There were] things that were missing; that last ball, that last cross, hitting the target with our shots,” Poyet added.

“It was tough because that last ball is the one that you need to manage with quality, but I would say it’s difficult to analyse this game.

“We need to just concentrate on Oscar Ustari, Santiago [Vergini] at the back and a few players that haven’t been playing like Diakite or Roberge or Charis Mavrias – they got 90 minutes which is great for them.

“That was most important, and of course being in the draw tomorrow.”