The Uruguayan masterminded Sunderland to their first double over Newcastle in Premier League history and lauded the victory as one of the greatest moments of his careerSunderland manager Gus Poyet has labelled his side's 3-0 victory over Tyne-Wear rivals Newcastle as "one of the best" moments of his career to date.
The Black Cats claimed a thumping victory at St James’ Park for the second year in a row and climbed even further away from danger thanks to efforts from Fabio Borini, Adam Johnson and Jack Colback.
And the Uruguayan could not hide his delight in winning his second Tyne-Wear derby, becoming the first Sunderland manager to do the double over the Magpies since 1967.
“[This is] one of the best days I’ve had in football, as a manager, no doubt,” Poyet told reporters.
“Of course the three points are the most important thing. I don’t know how many people were expecting this but I’ve been telling you for a few weeks that we were getting better and especially away from home we are a difficult team to play against.
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“You need to be strong, but at the same time be relaxed to play the football that we want to play and the players they are enjoying it so all credit to the players they were outstanding today.”
There were raucous scenes both in the Sunderland dugout and amongst the away fans when Colback made the points safe and Poyet explained just what a special moment it was for the club.
“You need to support Sunderland to know. The feeling of being able to beat your biggest rival 3-0 away from home, there is little that comes better than that so it’s an incredible day for us today.
“Nowadays in football, when its 2-0 and the opposite teams scores it looks like the whole game changes completely so you need to score the third goal these days to be calm.
“I think at that time [when the third goal went in] everyone thought ‘okay, now it is done.’”
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was understandably disappointed with the result and admitted that it had rounded off what had been an awful week for the Magpies.
“My reaction of course is disappointment in the result and in the performance,” Pardew assessed after the whistle.
“Today the first goal was very, very important, I felt for both sides and they got it and after that I felt we lacked composure today.
“In terms of attitude and application and winning header and winning tackles I felt we were pretty even but in terms of possession we weren’t.
“We lost our heads today, in a derby you’ve got to brave with the ball and you’ve got to make the right decisions and we didn’t do that today.
“We lose Cabaye, we have no transfer come in, so it’s been a tough week.”