Sunday 18 March 2018

O'Shea's Valley of despair

Skipper’s own goal sets up Bradford shock as Black Cats boss Poyet lashes out over media treatment

John O'Shea is consoled by Gus Poyet after defeat in the FA Cup Fifth Round
John O'Shea is consoled by Gus Poyet after defeat in the FA Cup Fifth Round

A GOAL from a current Sunderland player and a former Sunderland player saw the Black Cats crash out of the FA Cup at Valley Parade - but it was the media who drew stinging criticism from manager Gus Poyet.

John O'Shea's first-half own goal put Bradford in front before Jon Stead doubled the lead for the League One side, however, Poyet vented his anger on the assembled journalists afterwards.

Poyet clearly took issue with the reporting of his comments about the club's fans, telling the post-match media conference: "The problem is you, not me.

"I'm not going to get involved any more. If we close Sunderland - if we put a China Wall around the city - it would be fantastic.

"Now when we let you in and you get out and say what you want we've got a problem. I invite every Sunderland fan and people around the club not to listen to any one of you - only to me."

Poyet even took issue with a question about the absence of Jermain Defoe, responding: "You need to know too many things and we try not to give you too much information."

However, Poyet did refrain from following up his comments earlier this week about the poor state of Bradford's pitch - and was magnanimous in his praise.

He added: "I'm not going to complain about the pitch - we didn't lose because of the pitch."

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson was also unhappy with the media - specifically the decision not to show the game on television in Britain despite their heroic victory against Chelsea in the last round.

"We were disappointed that it wasn't on the TV. If we just talk about the finances it's a quarter of a million pounds which would have meant a lot, but we move on from it.

"The media has done the talking for us and we've had to take it on the chin and make sure we put in a performance. Hopefully they'll come and give us a live game next time."

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