Sunderland boss Poyet: Staying up will be like winning a trophy

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet

GUS POYET says Sunderland will celebrate as if they have won a trophy, if they can secure their Premier League status tomorrow night.

A point from the visit of West Brom will be sufficient for Sunderland to confirm their Premier League status, due to their vastly superior goal difference over third bottom Norwich City.

If Sunderland can get over the finishing line, it will mark the end of a stunning turnaround in the club’s fortunes, both under Poyet and over the last month of the season.

The Black Cats had just a point on the board when Poyet arrived on Wearside, while Sunderland were seven points adrift of safety with just six games of the season remaining.

But with Sunderland now on the verge of completing the great escape, Poyet was today asked whether it would compare to winning a trophy.

“Nearly, yes, it’s a good shout. Probably,” said the Uruguayan.

“Normally you don’t celebrate when you finish 16th or 15th in the league. We will. It’s true, we will.

“We are on a run now and we don’t want too stop. We want to keep playing and winning.”

Sunderland’s survival would have been confirmed last Sunday, had Norwich not managed to hold Poyet’s former club Chelsea to a stalemate at Stamford Bridge.

But the Black Cats now have the chance to secure their own destiny in front of their own fans, with a crowd well in excess of 40,000 expected at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

“It is not the same when you are at home on your own watching the TV and somebody else gets a result,” added Poyet.

“You don’t know how to celebrate then on your own. When you are in a group together playing for something and winning a game - I hope we can win tomorrow and go on and finish the game and be all together.

“I don’t want to go ahead to the weekend because that could be really tense, for sure.”