GUS Poyet said he was proud of the Sunderland players and fans after today’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final.
The Black Cats played superbly at Wembley and led through Fabio Borini’s 10th minute goal, before two moments of genius in two second-half minutes from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri turned the game on its head.
Speaking after the game, Poyet insisted everyone at the club could hold their heads high.
He said: “We played against one of the top teams in the world, with their power, money and players.
“We had a go and had a chance to score a second goal, which was probably the difference.
“We knew that everything had to go for us (to win).
“I’m proud of the players and the fans.
“I can promise them we gave the best shot we had.”
Reflecting on Sunderland’s excellent performance, Poyet added: “For 50-plus minutes we were more than a decent team, and the fans need to feel proud because the players did their best.
“To beat us, Manchester City had to score two outstanding goals.
“It’s difficult to take. I hate losing but I am proud of the players.”