Sunderland boss Poyet happy to snatch Spurs draw

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet (left) celebrates his side's second goal
Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet (left) celebrates his side's second goal

GUS POYET hailed Sunderland’s fighting spirit after the Black Cats battled back for a third draw in four Premier League outings.

Head coach Poyet described Spurs as the best team Sunderland have faced this season after Mauricio Pochettino’s side dominated in the 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light.

But despite Sunderland being on the back foot for large periods against the top four hopefuls, Poyet’s men salvaged a late point through Harry Kane’s own goal.

Poyet said: “It’s the best team we’ve played so far, by far. It was a really, really hard day for us.

“It was a proper point. One where you need to work really hard to get. So yes, I’m happy.

“If the opposition is better than you on the day, that’s it, you lose the game.

“But you need to try, to fight, to stay in the game. Sometimes you get a bit of luck or not.

“That’s the big positive. The players on the pitch kept going, tried, fought, tackled and came back into the game.

“We were getting better on the ball, especially on the left with (Emanuele) Giaccherini and Jordi (Gomez) coming on. That gave us an extra bit of quality in the final third, which we were missing.

“It was a hard day and I’m sure Pochettino is disappointed that he didn’t win.

“But if you stay in the game, believe in what you do and you’re a good group of people playing together, you’re always going to have a chance of getting something from the game.”

Sunderland remain without a league win to their name, yet Poyet is careful to avoid that barren stretch developing into a complex.

“The more we talk about the win that we don’t get, the more difficult it’s going to become,” he added.

“I can say we’ve only lost one game in five.

“I just think that it was a really, really good point for us and that’s what we need to take.

“If we fight like that, concentrate and don’t concede the kind of crazy goals we conceded, then we will have a chance to win other games.”