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Friday 22 August 2014

Poyet: Time to forget derby win

Gus Poyet is focused on overseeing a Sunderland victory against Hull

Sunderland boss Guy Poyet had ordered his players to forget about their morale-boosting derby victory over arch-rivals Newcastle.

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.

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.

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."

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