GUS POYET still harbours no regrets over his team selection in Sunderland’s elimination from last season’s FA Cup.
Sunderland missed out on a second visit to Wembley last season after they suffered an FA Cup quarter final loss at Hull City, just seven days after defeat in the Capital One Cup final.
Head coach Poyet faced criticism from Sunderland supporters for the first time during his Stadium of Light stint when he made half-a-dozen changes to the starting line-up at the KC Stadium.
But ahead of Sunderland beginning their campaign in this season’s competition against Leeds United tomorrow, Poyet believes the Black Cats’ 3-0 loss at Hull was down to individual errors, rather than his team selection.
“I don’t really like to look back,” said Poyet, who will introduce fresh legs to the side at the Stadium of Light tomorrow, including Emanuele Giaccherini.
“I don’t play the same team next week just because we won and people are happy, or the opposite – change the team because we lose and people criticise.
“I don’t even remember the team against Hull, I just remember the goals and the mistakes that we made.
“That was why we lost, not the team that was on the pitch.”
Poyet had made changes to his side in the early rounds of both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup last season, and he believes he needed to continue with that policy at Hull in the context of the relegation battle.
“It was in the middle of a terrible run, so I don’t take it as an individual game,” he added.
“It would be very unfair to think that we were losing for fun then, that day, the players who had been losing week-in and week-out would perform and we would win.
“I don’t believe that.
“It was specific individual actions that meant we lost the game, not the XI that played.
“Because we got to the final, no-one remembers the team I played against Southampton, or the team I played against Chelsea in the earlier rounds.
“Why? Because we got to the final.”