Sunderland boss Poyet: I can’t choose between my two derby successes at Newcastle

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet celebrates Adam Johnson's winner against Newcastle. Picture by Frank Reid
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet celebrates Adam Johnson's winner against Newcastle. Picture by Frank Reid

GUS POYET says it’s impossible to pick between his two derby triumphs at St James’s Park.

Poyet continued his Midas touch against Newcastle in today’s Tyne-Wear derby, with the Sunderland head coach maintaining his 100 per cent record as a manager against the Magpies.

The Uruguayan has overseen three of Sunderland’s record four wins on the spin against Newcastle - the last two of which have been on Tyneside.

But after Adam Johnson’s last-minute winner consigned Newcastle to defeat, Poyet was unable to decide whether today’s victory or February’s 3-0 success was sweeter.

Poyet said: “If you ask me right now, it’s difficult for me with the feelings I’ve got.

“If it’s better to win 3-0 or to win a game by scoring in the last minute, I don’t know which one to pick.

“It’s going to be a special week for us, but, like I said, you have to have respect.

“I think the fans of both teams were fantastic today, no incidents, I suppose, so everything is going well, which is great for football.”

With Sunderland heading into the game unbeaten in the last five derby meetings between the two clubs, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was under pressure to end the Black Cats’ dominance in the fixture.

Pardew threw on strikers Adam Armstrong and Papiss Cisse, and attacking midfielder Remi Cabella, in a bid to secure victory in an end-to-end finale.

But Sunderland kept the Magpies at bay before hitting Newcastle on the break from their own corner in the last minute with huge rewards.

“I think Alan was brave, very brave, very brave,” added Poyet.

“I think he put as many strikers as he could to win the game and, for 10 or 15 minutes, they gave us plenty of problems.

“They made us react, and the substitution of Liam Bridcutt for Lee Cattermole was because of that, because we needed to adapt.

“It was a very brave move from Alan.

“Now, because of that, we were able to break and score the goal.

“You never know...it’s unfair, but sometimes in football, it happens.

“You put plenty of forward players on to win it two or 3-0, and it can go a different way.

“It’s difficult to predict, but I think it was a very, very, very brave move, and it nearly paid off.”

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