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Gus Poyet: Biggest result of my career

November 10, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet hailed his side's 1-0 victory over Manchester City on Sunday as the biggest of his managerial career.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
PA PhotosGus Poyet saw Sunderland defeat the former Premier League champions.

Poyet, 45, arrived at the Stadium of Light in October after the departure of Paolo Di Canio, and the former Brighton manager -- bossing in the top flight for the first time -- recorded his second home league win.

The other came against derby rivals Newcastle and Poyet said, that although local pride was important, victory over City represented a greater achievement.

"I know for the fans, for the club, for the history, it is always important to beat the biggest rivals. That [the Wear-Tyne derby] is the one you have to win, but in terms of opposition, quality, world class players, this is the biggest in my career.

"It's going to be a good evening tonight. I don't know how my heart is right now. I don't want to check it in case it is bad news, but it is a great evening.

"I'm so pleased for the players. They need to believe. It is easy to talk, we can talk about things and you can write, but at the end of the day it is the players who are on the pitch that need to get convinced that this new way of playing football and defending."

Sunderland recorded a first clean sheet of the season at the 11th attempt against a City side who had scored 12 goals in their previous two games, and the manager said: "That is the most important part of the game today.

"I know people want to see a team attacking and creating chances, but when you are too open you are going to give chances to the opposition -- especially this one."

Opposite number Manuel Pellegrini was left frustrated by the result, warning his side that they needed to address their away problems or risk dropping out of the title race.

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