Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has left his players in no doubt of how important he views this afternoon’s clash at The Stadium Of Light. Today he comes against Palace as a manager for the first time since the play-off semi-final defeat and wants his squad to treat the game as a sudden death match.
“I would like the players to think this is the last game of the season. This is the last one. There’s not anything else after, we just need to win this one to stay up and then depending what happens you go to the next,
“If you play as a professional in every game like that then you are going to get plenty of reward from the fans. They will love you because you show them on the pitch that you’ve really given everything in a game.”
Following their cup defeat last weekend all attention in training has been on this meeting against Tony Pulis' side.
“You can feel that we are coming to an important game and we need to make sure we do that for every single one
“I don’t want people to think they are going to play just because they’re good. I know maybe one or two through my whole career that were terrible in training, the worst, then very good on a Saturday at three o’clock. Here I don’t even know if we have someone like that. They need to show me everyday so there are no bad decisions from the manager."