GUS Poyet has been as good as his word in drawing a line under the defeat to Hull City at the weekend.
The Black Cats’ boss said immediately after Saturday’s deflating 2-0 loss to Steve Bruce’s Tigers that Wes Brown’s third minute sending off made it a freak game and not one to spend too much time analysing.
And today he confirmed that the coach’s and players have dwelt little upon the game.
“Sometimes when you plan how to play and you look to adapt, it can be very difficult when the situation changes so dramatically as it did against Hull,” he said
“The only thing we have analysed in details is how we conceded, because at the end of the day we lost by two goals and we looked at how we might have prevented those goals.
“There were things we could have done better there, and there were aspects to look at in terms of positioning.
“But apart from that we have looked to move on, we have a completely different game against Manchester City midweek.”
That game is likely to see centre-half Santiago Vergini continuing to deputise for the suspended Brown.
And Poyet says that is a match which is about mental, as well as physical strength.
“We cannot afford to feel sorry for ourselves after the weekend’s result,” he said.
“We have to be mentally strong - that is probably going to be the most important aspect of the game for us.”