Sunderland boss Gus Poyet draws positives from defeat

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet celebrates after the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on February 1, 2014
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Sunderland boss Guy Poyet praises his players' efforts during their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has insisted that there are positives to draw from his side's 2-1 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.

The Black Cats boss believes that his players silenced their critics, who were predicting an emphatic win for the Merseysiders, by matching the Reds for lengthy spells.

"I think we can take a lot from that," Poyet told Sky Sports News.

"In the press everything was set here for a four, five, six, seven nil, a party, they would run all over Sunderland, which we didn't like.

"For the first time we played a different system and I think for a long, long period we really frustrated Liverpool."

The result leaves Sunderland in 18th place in the table, three points from safety with a game in hand on Crystal Palace above them.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Jordan Henderson during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on March 26, 2014
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