With his Sunderland team crashing out of the FA Cup at the KC Stadium yesterday, Gus Poyet has claimed that our visit to the Stadium Of Light this Saturday is the biggest game of the Black Cats’ season.
A win for Sunderland would see them leapfrog us in the table, whilst still having games in hand, and it sounds as if the former Brighton boss is desperate to build the anticipation amongst the clubs’ fans.
“No one is going to be asking me what is more important, the cups or the Premier League, because that is it. “From now on, we have to get points, somehow.
“It doesn’t matter the team or the shape, any player who plays from now on will be a Sunderland first-team player and they will have to defend the club to the best of their ability. If we are good enough, we will stay up.
“I’ve been trying to convince everybody that the best way to have confidence in your camp is to win games and, when we were in the cup, those games were more important than the league. But now we are not.
“We are not going to talk about the cup any more. Now, we look to Palace. The biggest game of the season is on Saturday and I invite every single fan in Sunderland to fill the stadium and make sure that we make it very difficult for them. This is the key moment. It is now.”
As an outsider looking in, it could be argued that this level of build-up could backfire for Poyet, should his team not begin the game in impressive fashion, but with Palace having garnered just one point from our last three games, it’s unlikely that we’ll be traveling to the North East brimming with confidence.
A victory for either team will be absolutely huge, do you think we can do it?