GUS Poyet has called for Sunderland fans to ignore the media circus after the Black Cats’ FA Cup humiliation at Bradford City.
Sunderland were embarrassed at League One Bradford after being out-fought and out-thought by the Bantams, who cruised into the quarter-finals of the cup with a 2-0 victory.
Head coach Poyet came in for stick from some of the travelling 4,200 fans during the closing stages, with supporters clearly still angered by the Uruguayan’s post-match comments after last week’s 2-0 defeat to struggling QPR.
But Poyet remains adamant that those remarks were misinterpreted and was eager to avoid getting entangled in any similar spats in his post-match assessment today.
Poyet said: “The problem is you (the press) not me.
“If you write what I say, the fans will be on my side.
“But because you write what you want, then we have a problem.
“I am doing my job, I know what is good for the team, my players give everything.
“If we close Sunderland and put a Chinese Wall around the city then it would be fantastic.
“Now, when we let you (the press) get in and you go out and say what you want then we have a problem between ourselves.
“So I would like to invite every Sunderland fan and people who care about the club not to listen to any of you, only to me and between ourselves.”
Bradford adapted far better in an old-fashioned cup tie, both with the physicality of the encounter and the awful Valley Parade pitch.
Sunderland never really got to grips with it and once ex-Black Cats striker Jon Stead doubled Bradford’s advantage just after the hour mark, Phil Parkinson’s men saw out the finale comfortably.
Poyet added; “I’ve played football so I know what it means.
“Maybe a few of you (the press) don’t know what it is like for Bradford City to be out on this pitch in these conditions against a top team.
“That’s why the FA Cup is the best competition in the world – because the top teams do not always win against League One teams.
“We tried our best.
“There are no regrets.
“I think everybody put in their best effort and ability into playing in the circumstances.”