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Poyet: Time to forget derby win

first_img He was part of the Chelsea team which lost 4-1 in the Premier League on Wearside in December 1999 with Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn teaming up to score twice each during the opening 45 minutes. Poyet said: “Like I said probably in my first press conference, I know because I have been here and been 4-0 down at half-time with Kevin Phillips and Mr Quinn. “I know how much we suffered that day and how bad the feeling was at half-time in the dressing room with Chelsea, so I know that. “We are a long way from that, but that’s why I want to be part of this football club, because I know if we do well and we connect with the people and we show them a very special kind of football and are winning games, it’s going to be immense. “We will see – but over time, not too quickly.” In the meantime, Poyet continues to assess his squad and has allowed midfielder David Vaughan to join Sky Bet Championship Nottingham Forest on a three-month loan deal. The 30-year-old Wales international could make his debut against former club Blackpool on Saturday, and he may not be the last player to head out on a temporary deal with striker Connor Wickham also attracting interest. Poyet said: “We don’t know anything about Connor at the moment. We are not trying to push anyone out, we are just trying to agree different things depending on the situation of the player, the club, us, the staff. “David, a decision was made all together, it was good for everybody, for the club because it was difficult for him to play at the moment. “He wanted to play, he was interested, everything came together at the right time and we all decided it was a good option for him.” Press Association Sunderland boss Guy Poyet had ordered his players to forget about their morale-boosting derby victory over arch-rivals Newcastle. Asked if the victory has increased his belief that his mission was achievable, he said: “I am still believing. “I am confident – the idea was to convince the players who were out there on the pitch. Now I think it’s going to be – it should be – a little bit easier after this win. “The key now is to forget. Yesterday we stopped. Newcastle is gone, finished. Now it is all about Hull City. “But the feelings are very different because, it’s as simple as that, we won a game. That’s something that looked impossible before we came. “The idea is to keep winning. We need to win football matches and now without any doubt, the feeling you have got inside is totally different now to last week. “Now we can say we have won a game, so now we can have that feeling, take it into the next game and keep going and make sure we win because it’s the only way to get out of this situation.” A crowd of 46,313 witnessed a second successive win over the Magpies on a day when defeat would have left even the club’s most optimistic supporters fearing the worst. But while there is still a long way to go, Poyet saw further evidence of what could lie in store if he could finally realise the Black Cats’ potential having experienced at first hand the force that Sunderland could be during his playing days. The 45-year-old Uruguayan allowed his team to enjoy a first Barclays Premier League win of the season, which lifted them from the foot of the table, for a few days after Fabio Borini’s late strike secured a 2-1 success at the Stadium of Light last weekend. However, on Wednesday Poyet told the players to draw a line under an afternoon their fans will celebrate for some time yet and concentrate on the task of dragging themselves out of a still parlous position, a task which will continue at Hull on Saturday. last_img read more

Young aces to be handed a start? Manchester City predicted XI v Chelsea

first_img 11 11 42. Yaya Toure (attacking midfield) 11. Aleksandar Kolarov (left back) 72. Kelechi Iheanacho (striker) 11 Chelsea v Man City is live on talkSPORT at 4pm (GMT) on 21 February.A defeat to Tottenham Hotspur has thrown Manchester City’s Premier League title bid off track but this weekend they will turn their attention to the FA Cup.Winners of the competition back in 2011, City will be keen to triumph again in Manuel Pellegrini’s final season in charge at the Etihad Stadium.Standing in his way though, is a resurgent Blues side under Guus Hiddink who will be fighting to lift some silverware as they attempt to put their terrible title defence behind them.Injuries have restricted Pellegrini’s options over the last few weeks with Kevin De Bruyne, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri absent, meaning Pellegrini might turn to youth.So who will start the clash at Stamford Bridge? Click the right arrow above to see how we think the Citizens will be lining up… 11 6. Fernando (centre midfield) 11 59 Bersant Celina (right wing) 11 11 11 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 4. Vincent Kompany (centre back) 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 5. Pablo Zabaleta (right back) 11 7. Raheem Sterling (left wing) 11 11last_img read more

Pochettino understood to be behind Ferguson meeting; Spurs optimistic over deal

first_imgTottenham remain confident Mauricio Pochettino will formally sign a new contract, despite the Argentine manager instigating the meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this week.Pochettino has verbally agreed a new five-year deal with Spurs but he and assistant Jesus Perez were pictured leaving a London restaurant with Ferguson, as rumours continue to link the Tottenham boss with the Manchester United job.Ferguson expressed his admiration for Pochettino earlier this year, and the Scot retains a strong influence at Old Trafford in his role as a director for the club he managed for 26 years.Press Association Sport understands, however, that it was Pochettino who set up the get-together with the former United boss and that he was open about it from the start, informing Tottenham last week that the meeting was going to take place.The pair have spoken before, and had seen a number of earlier arrangements cancelled due to various factors.Sources say Pochettino was determined to keep to the arrangement on this occasion, insisting he had nothing to hide – as a meeting in London in the middle of the day suggests.When Pochettino originally announced the agreement of a new deal, there was an expectation that the contract would be signed in the following days.Despite the delay, and the Argentine’s meeting with Ferguson, Tottenham remain confident the deal is all-but confirmed, and it is likely it will be formally announced following the end of the Premier League campaign. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino 1last_img read more