Poyet prefers defeat by Saints to a draw!

Gus Poyet, left, with Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino earlier this season.his

Gus Poyet, left, with Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino earlier this season.his

First published in Sport

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has admitted a replay is the last thing he wants from today’s FA Cup fifth round clash with Saints.

The Black Cats’ progression in both domestic cup competitions – they will face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley next month – and the postponement of their Barclays Premier League trip to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night means they face a potential scheduling nightmare as they attempt to preserve their top-flight status.

Their home league clash with West Brom and the re-arranged trip to City are still outstanding, and the visit to Liverpool on March 10 would go if either side drew this weekend.

That has left Poyet unable to plan with any certainty for the next few weeks, and that is a source of intense frustration.

The 46-year-old said yesterday: “At the moment, it’s all in the air, we don’t know. And it depends on so many as well, it doesn’t only depend on us.

“The situation tomorrow is: if we win, we need to postpone Liverpool; if we lose and Liverpool win, we need to postpone Liverpool; if we both lose, then we play that day; if we draw, we don’t know when we are going to play the replay and we don’t know if we have to postpone Liverpool until we play the replay.

Embarrassing “I’m sorry, it’s not normal. It’s impossible. We are talking about the next three weeks, we are not talking about three months’ time, so it’s not normal.

“I don’t even want to think about if Manchester City and Chelsea draw on Saturday, when they are going to play the replay.

“Maybe City will play on Saturday before playing on Sunday in the final. I don’t know. For me, it’s embarrassing, not to know today when we have to play a replay if we have to play it. It’s embarrassing.’’ Poyet will send out a different team against Saints than the one he would have fielded had the game at the Etihad gone ahead, and he is expecting opposite number Mauricio Pochettino to field a much stronger side than he did when the Black Cats won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in the Capital One Cup fourth round in November.

However, the Uruguayan, who will hand a debut to January signing Ignacio Scocco, admits a draw would be the worst possible result.

He said: ‘’Is it worse than losing? Yes. I don’t know if it makes sense, but yes. You tell me when we would play and then I’ll tell you why it’s worse.’’ Poyet’s men had dragged themselves into 14th place in the league table before a 2-0 home defeat by Hull last Saturday and their enforced inactivity in midweek saw them slip back into the relegation zone.

Their current schedule is relentless – this weekend’s game will be their 11th in all competitions since the turn of the year – and Poyet admits the intensity and the pressure of his job is taking a toll.

Asked how he personally is coping with the mental aspect of a gruelling programme, he said: “It’s not nice.

“I need to find something, apart from golf. Now you cannot play here in the north-east because of the wind...”

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7:43am Sat 15 Feb 14

Tony in Liberia says...

Easily arranged, Gus - we'll be happy to ensure that you lose :-)
Easily arranged, Gus - we'll be happy to ensure that you lose :-) Tony in Liberia
  • Score: 16

8:17am Sat 15 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.
Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves. bigfella777
  • Score: -35

8:22am Sat 15 Feb 14

Velleity says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.
I smell seagulls.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.[/p][/quote]I smell seagulls. Velleity
  • Score: 11

8:22am Sat 15 Feb 14

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.
What do you mean "here"? You're a Brighton fan. The guy's an arrogant, offensive **** - just ask Palace.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.[/p][/quote]What do you mean "here"? You're a Brighton fan. The guy's an arrogant, offensive **** - just ask Palace. Rob The Saint NOT in NZ
  • Score: 12

8:26am Sat 15 Feb 14

Velleity says...

My biggest concern is that Poyet sets up to injure opponents. As we're pretty much fixed in place in the league, the FA cup is definitely worth the effort. I just hope we don't lose someone crucial to Poyet's foul play tactics as I want us to finish above Manure in the league - let's be responsible for another sacking when Moyes gets it in the neck after we overtake them on the last day of the season.

So. lads, go for it, go all out to win but do try to jump the ankle crunching tackles they'll be putting in.
My biggest concern is that Poyet sets up to injure opponents. As we're pretty much fixed in place in the league, the FA cup is definitely worth the effort. I just hope we don't lose someone crucial to Poyet's foul play tactics as I want us to finish above Manure in the league - let's be responsible for another sacking when Moyes gets it in the neck after we overtake them on the last day of the season. So. lads, go for it, go all out to win but do try to jump the ankle crunching tackles they'll be putting in. Velleity
  • Score: 6

8:53am Sat 15 Feb 14

Rising_Son says...

Velleity wrote:
My biggest concern is that Poyet sets up to injure opponents. As we're pretty much fixed in place in the league, the FA cup is definitely worth the effort. I just hope we don't lose someone crucial to Poyet's foul play tactics as I want us to finish above Manure in the league - let's be responsible for another sacking when Moyes gets it in the neck after we overtake them on the last day of the season.

So. lads, go for it, go all out to win but do try to jump the ankle crunching tackles they'll be putting in.
Why do you want to get Moyes fired? I prefer ManU the way they are at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: My biggest concern is that Poyet sets up to injure opponents. As we're pretty much fixed in place in the league, the FA cup is definitely worth the effort. I just hope we don't lose someone crucial to Poyet's foul play tactics as I want us to finish above Manure in the league - let's be responsible for another sacking when Moyes gets it in the neck after we overtake them on the last day of the season. So. lads, go for it, go all out to win but do try to jump the ankle crunching tackles they'll be putting in.[/p][/quote]Why do you want to get Moyes fired? I prefer ManU the way they are at the moment. Rising_Son
  • Score: 11

9:46am Sat 15 Feb 14

JohnItaly says...

Tony in Liberia wrote:
Easily arranged, Gus - we'll be happy to ensure that you lose :-)
I think it would be very rude to do otherwise.
[quote][p][bold]Tony in Liberia[/bold] wrote: Easily arranged, Gus - we'll be happy to ensure that you lose :-)[/p][/quote]I think it would be very rude to do otherwise. JohnItaly
  • Score: 4

9:54am Sat 15 Feb 14

Velleity says...

Rising_Son wrote:
Velleity wrote:
My biggest concern is that Poyet sets up to injure opponents. As we're pretty much fixed in place in the league, the FA cup is definitely worth the effort. I just hope we don't lose someone crucial to Poyet's foul play tactics as I want us to finish above Manure in the league - let's be responsible for another sacking when Moyes gets it in the neck after we overtake them on the last day of the season.

So. lads, go for it, go all out to win but do try to jump the ankle crunching tackles they'll be putting in.
Why do you want to get Moyes fired? I prefer ManU the way they are at the moment.
I think you may have a point there. Yes, let's finish above them and as a punishment, they get to keep Moyes. Much better.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: My biggest concern is that Poyet sets up to injure opponents. As we're pretty much fixed in place in the league, the FA cup is definitely worth the effort. I just hope we don't lose someone crucial to Poyet's foul play tactics as I want us to finish above Manure in the league - let's be responsible for another sacking when Moyes gets it in the neck after we overtake them on the last day of the season. So. lads, go for it, go all out to win but do try to jump the ankle crunching tackles they'll be putting in.[/p][/quote]Why do you want to get Moyes fired? I prefer ManU the way they are at the moment.[/p][/quote]I think you may have a point there. Yes, let's finish above them and as a punishment, they get to keep Moyes. Much better. Velleity
  • Score: 1

10:01am Sat 15 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.
He was good there, just not quite as good as Nige was for us at the same time, or have you forgotten already.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.[/p][/quote]He was good there, just not quite as good as Nige was for us at the same time, or have you forgotten already. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 9

10:24am Sat 15 Feb 14

Confucious says...

I don't trust Poyet. If we're one up with a minute to go I don't think Artur should go off for a cup of tea.
I don't trust Poyet. If we're one up with a minute to go I don't think Artur should go off for a cup of tea. Confucious
  • Score: 2

10:53am Sat 15 Feb 14

el caballo santos101 says...

don't worry gus we don't mind beating you, no we really, really don't.

as for your golf, try keeping your left shoulder down, move the ball further back in your stance (square the batface to the target), stand an inch or so closer to the ball, stop sending your players out to kick lumps out of your opponents. all these tips should help keep the golf ball down so it will be less affected by the weather, well except for the last one, that's just a fair and decent way playing football that we this country has mainly moved on from, just you and fat face sam left playing in that 70`s style. it also wont seriously injure your opponents players or get your players booked/sent off.

have saints employed dyno-rod to go up to clean the changing room prior to the team getting there? you never know what you might find left there for you, ask palace!
don't worry gus we don't mind beating you, no we really, really don't. as for your golf, try keeping your left shoulder down, move the ball further back in your stance (square the batface to the target), stand an inch or so closer to the ball, stop sending your players out to kick lumps out of your opponents. all these tips should help keep the golf ball down so it will be less affected by the weather, well except for the last one, that's just a fair and decent way playing football that we this country has mainly moved on from, just you and fat face sam left playing in that 70`s style. it also wont seriously injure your opponents players or get your players booked/sent off. have saints employed dyno-rod to go up to clean the changing room prior to the team getting there? you never know what you might find left there for you, ask palace! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 0

11:20am Sat 15 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

Velleity wrote:
My biggest concern is that Poyet sets up to injure opponents. As we're pretty much fixed in place in the league, the FA cup is definitely worth the effort. I just hope we don't lose someone crucial to Poyet's foul play tactics as I want us to finish above Manure in the league - let's be responsible for another sacking when Moyes gets it in the neck after we overtake them on the last day of the season.

So. lads, go for it, go all out to win but do try to jump the ankle crunching tackles they'll be putting in.
You forgot to mention how "fragile" his players are.

I'm worried that the poor loves won't be able to stay on their feet, in this wind, as they normally hit the deck as soon as they are breathed on.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: My biggest concern is that Poyet sets up to injure opponents. As we're pretty much fixed in place in the league, the FA cup is definitely worth the effort. I just hope we don't lose someone crucial to Poyet's foul play tactics as I want us to finish above Manure in the league - let's be responsible for another sacking when Moyes gets it in the neck after we overtake them on the last day of the season. So. lads, go for it, go all out to win but do try to jump the ankle crunching tackles they'll be putting in.[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention how "fragile" his players are. I'm worried that the poor loves won't be able to stay on their feet, in this wind, as they normally hit the deck as soon as they are breathed on. Costa Baz
  • Score: 1

11:21am Sat 15 Feb 14

Dorssaints says...

This will be a tough game, no doubt. Best tactics is not to go out for glory from start, the longer the game is a draw the more frustrated they will get, the more they will make mistakes.

Team news?
I think this is a game for Victor to get some match practice. I wonder if Fonte should be rested, the cuts on his leg look bad. Should Jay Rod be saved as a sub for second half of the game, Gallagher playing instead? and should Chambers and Clyne both play and rest Shaw?

I want to win but we surely should have a concern about players being over streched and open to injuries? COYR
This will be a tough game, no doubt. Best tactics is not to go out for glory from start, the longer the game is a draw the more frustrated they will get, the more they will make mistakes. Team news? I think this is a game for Victor to get some match practice. I wonder if Fonte should be rested, the cuts on his leg look bad. Should Jay Rod be saved as a sub for second half of the game, Gallagher playing instead? and should Chambers and Clyne both play and rest Shaw? I want to win but we surely should have a concern about players being over streched and open to injuries? COYR Dorssaints
  • Score: 0

11:25am Sat 15 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.
Great tongue in cheek quote that?

He's more likely to get defeat followed by de-sack if you pulls his Brighton stroke at Sunderland. I guess he was' nt sure where the loo was?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.[/p][/quote]Great tongue in cheek quote that? He's more likely to get defeat followed by de-sack if you pulls his Brighton stroke at Sunderland. I guess he was' nt sure where the loo was? issacchunt
  • Score: 0

11:42am Sat 15 Feb 14

J7junctionseven says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.
Or maybe manager of Monkey world
COYR FOADP
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.[/p][/quote]Or maybe manager of Monkey world COYR FOADP J7junctionseven
  • Score: 0

11:43am Sat 15 Feb 14

Buddy SFC says...

Let Sunderland go for glory and we then press them high up the pitch and hit them on the counter ala Fulham - 2 - 0 Saints , all the way to Wembley ....................
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Let Sunderland go for glory and we then press them high up the pitch and hit them on the counter ala Fulham - 2 - 0 Saints , all the way to Wembley .................... .............. Buddy SFC
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Rudolf Hucker says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.
bigfella, lets get 1 thing straight....Puss Goyet can have a sh1te in Palace's dressing room...BHA and Pompey are sh1te all over the pitch.....We don't need a manager of his calibre thanks
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Gus is a great manager. He would be good here if MP leaves.[/p][/quote]bigfella, lets get 1 thing straight....Puss Goyet can have a sh1te in Palace's dressing room...BHA and Pompey are sh1te all over the pitch.....We don't need a manager of his calibre thanks Rudolf Hucker
  • Score: 1

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