Sunderland boss Gus Poyet criticises fans via local paper's website

Gus Poyet

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has criticised the club's fans who questioned a decision he made in the game against Liverpool.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has launched an astonishing attack on fans in the Chronicle.

Poyet has been left frustrated by the criticism he’s received from fans after he took off Adam Johnson against Liverpool and put on Mikael Mandron, with the Black Cats chasing an equaliser.

However, he’s defended his decision and has suggested fans who question it don’t know what they’re talking about.

“People do not have a clue. I don’t care if what they think because if Mika scores you do not ask me that question (about whether the substitution should have been made),” said the Uruguayan.

“It is very easy when the game is over. I think it was the right decision. It was at the point where he (Johnson) could not go past people because he was so tired.”

Johnson is notorious for the way he drives at full backs before cutting inside and unleashing vicious shots on the opposition goal with his left foot.

Therefore the confusion over taking him off is understandable but Mandron is a very young and exciting striker at the club, who has experience of playing as a forward who is chasing a game.

“Adam was tired. He had become a father (last week) and had not trained for two days.”

The pressure is firmly on for the club who are just one point above the Premier League’s bottom three and while the frustration is understandable from all view points, Sunderland need to move forward collectively if they’re going to claw themselves up the table.

Poyet needs to be trusted to make the right decisions and hopefully once Johnson settles into life as a new father and gets a bit more rest, he’ll be back to his decisive best.

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