Sunderland boss believes Fulham win was only a matter of time

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet

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GUS Poyet says he felt it was only a matter of time before Sunderland produced a result like the 4-1 humbling of Fulham.

But he admits it was still a massive relief to see Sunderland not just win a game at the weekend but finally win it comprehensively.

“I’ve been waiting for this day to come when we would put everything together,” he said.

“I believe the confidence that we’ve been building over the last four or five weeks led to that result.

“We have been better, without making that difference in terms of getting everything to go for us.

“We have played well in a few games away from home but not been able to win, then we’ve played well but made a mistake at the wrong time.

“This time though, everything clicked into place and I’m so glad because it needed to happen.

“Of course we would not have dreamed of winning 4-1 away from home, but we were mentally right on the pitch from the first moment against Fulham, we were happy with the way it was going and we scored at the right time, with Adam Johnson the difference between the two sides.”

The result has only reinforced the Sunderland head coach’s belief that that the club can be steered to safety this season.

“If we can maintain this level then I have no doubts we will stay up,” he enthused

“When you are being consistent and getting results - and we have lost one in 10 now - that shows that you are getting better.

“But then, if, on top of that, someone stands up and performs like Adam Johnson did, then

you have a great chance.”

Not every result went for Sunderland at the weekend, with relegation rivals West Ham ending a terrible run of results by grabbing a 2-0 win at Cardiff which dragged the Welshmen into the bottom three.

But Poyet said: “What the result have done is to bring seven or eight teams into it.

“We’ve got a long way to go and we’re still in the bottom three.

“But other teams are involved in it now and at least we are coming off the bottom - we are going in the right direction rather than the wrong one.”