Tuesday 21 November 2017

Poyet's double sense of relief

Cardiff 2 Sunderland 2

Sunderland's Jack Colback (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his team's second goal
Sunderland's Jack Colback (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his team's second goal

Andrew Gwilym

Jack Colback struck in injury-time to earn Sunderland a point and stun managerless Cardiff. Playing just over 24 hours after Malky Mackay was sacked, Cardiff dominated the opening hour with Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell putting them two goals ahead.

But Sunderland, who were dreadful for the first 45 minutes, rallied through a Steven Fletcher toe-poke, before substitute Colback's deflected effort beat David Marshall in the fourth of five added minutes to make it 2-2 at the final whistle.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet confirmed after the game that striker Fabio Borini had been released from hospital after being taken ill at half-time.

The on-loan Liverpool striker was involved in two of his side's best attacking moments during the first half but did not emerge for the second half as Steven Fletcher came on in his place.

It later emerged Borini had gone to hospital but Poyet said: "He is feeling better. We have more information, the doctor called me. He is not going to fly back with us, he will stay down here overnight, but he has been released from hospital.

"Luckily it is nothing serious."

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman, meanwhile, revealed he has only one candidate in mind to succeed Malky Mackay, but was mischievously coy when it came to the subject of favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The former Manchester United striker and current Molde manager is the bookmakers' favourite to take charge of the Bluebirds after Mackay's dismissal on Friday.

Dalman made an unexpected appearance in the post-match press conference room after the 2-2 draw with Sunderland, and said discussions have already taken place with his preferred candidate, but would not confirm whether it was Solskjaer.

"I have a preferred candidate. I only have one candidate in mind," he said. "I have not made an offer to anybody as such, but that does not mean I have not had discussions."

When asked if he had spoken to Solskjaer, he said: "I spoke to him many a time in the old days (when the Norwegian was at Manchester United). I might have spoken to him recently, and I might not have. You know what these things are like, they take time. We will do our work as diligently and as quickly as we can but I am reasonably optimistic that we will get things moving."

Irish Independent

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