Sunderland boss Poyet advises new structure for FA Cup draws
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes the draws for the fourth round of the FA Cup shouldn’t be held until all third round games have been completed. Poyet, whose side went into the next round with a 3-1 victory over Carlisle United at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, knew he side would either play against Kidderminster or Peterborough in the next round of the FA Cup half way through the Carlisle United game.
Poyet expressed his concern over the matter suggesting the whole issue would have become a different matter had his side been drawn up against one of the Premier League giants. The 46-year-old Uruguayan manager, who side is currently sitting at the bottom of the Premier League table, believes the drawing system needs more structure.
“I don't know if it's a good idea. It's an opinion -- I don't want the FA to get mad with me because I'm not trying to go against anyone,” Poyet said. “I'm just saying if the draw was a top, top team from the Premier League at home, I am sure that Carlisle in the second half, maybe it would be a little bit different.
“If it's a replay, well there is no option, the draw has to be done. But with games still to be played, I don't know why they don't wait until tonight or tomorrow morning. If you are 1-1 at half-time and you get Arsenal at home and you are Carlisle, what a second half they are going to give you, that's for sure. If you are listening, please... it's just my opinion.”
Poyet, who has seen his side fall to five own goals this season, was happy to see lady luck siding with his side for a change in the game with Sean O'Hanlon giving away an own goal.
“We were talking on the bench about it. I know Sean O'Hanlon quite well and he was very unfortunate. It went for us today,” Poyet said.
Poyet admitted that it was a bitter sweet victory for him since his side had managed to grab a good result amidst an injury crisis. Poyet was forced to put midfielder Ki Sung-yueng as a central defender due to injuries to Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge and John O'Shea.
“We are going to become a cup team,” Poyet said exuberantly. “It was a professional performance today. We needed to do the job. It's never easy. You need to cope with a few situations and a few shots, but in the end, you need to be better, so job done.”