Gus happy to give youngsters a chance

by Kate Smith

Poyet reflects on Carlisle win.

Gus Poyet cut a contented figure after watching his side complete another pre-season game.

Sunderland made it two wins out of two when a second-half Mikael Mandron strike was enough to seal the win against Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

Once again Poyet used the game as an opportunity to give all members of the squad a chance to play and on the hour mark he replaced the side with under-21 players.

After the final whistle, the head coach told SAFSee: “The plan was to give the senior players 60 minutes on the pitch and then give the youngsters the chance to show how much it means to them to be involved in the first team squad.

“They were young, hungry players and after they came on with the game at 0-0 it opened up and there were plenty of chances - credit to [Mikael] Mandron who put the ball in the net."

“It’s a great experience for the youngsters,” Poyet continued. “They’ve travelled with the team and they’ve been in the dressing room and they’ve so keen to be involved and it just shows what can happen when they get their chance.

“All the players have been training very hard, even this morning, so there were a few heavy legs out there.

“I wasn’t too worried about the quality on the ball tonight, I just wanted the players to come through and gain more fitness.”

Sunderland are next in action on Wednesday night and the Uruguayan is hoping for a similar outcome at Victoria Park.

“I’m expecting more of the same tomorrow against Hartlepool as the players will be back in training tomorrow and the aim of these games is to prepare for the trip to Portugal.”