GUS Poyet reckons if Sunderland can maintain the standards they set at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final, then they will win their battle to stay in the Premier League this season.
The Black Cats came close to forcing the Wembley match into extra time against Champions League Manchester City only for Steven Fletcher to miscontrol at the final whistle.
But Poyet says the fact Sunderland were able to push City so close, has to give him heart for the future.
“The Fletcher chance?” Poyet smiled ruefully. “Yes, if the late chance for him had dropped on to his left foot it might have been different.
“He was trying to work it on to his left foot but he couldn’t quite do it and the opportunity passed.
“But the point is we were still in it, virtually to the very end and we have to keep that up.
“I’m talking about the rest of the games now.”
“I feel that now the future is up to us – we should play every week as well as we played at Wembley.
“If we do that every week, we’ll stay up in the Premier League and we’ll have a great chance to come back to Wembley in the FA Cup.”
If they do, Sunderland will have a taste for the national stadium with the players being totally boosted on their arrival by their support from Sunderland.
Poyet revealed. “We tried to plan our arrival into Wembley to be as late as possible to make the players feel the atmosphere.
“And we couldn’t have planned it better because we were surrounded by Sunderland fans from the moment we got to the ground.
“I’m sad we couldn’t take the cup back to Wearside.
“But I’m pleased with the quality of performance we produced.
“Now we need to make sure that we keep doing the same every week and I’m determined that we will.
“Injury-wise we are absolutely fine.
“It’s just a question of getting everyone mentally right.
“But I’m sure we can do that, and if we do, I’m sure we can have a good end to the season.”.