LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he has no intentions of watching replays from the “embarrassing” 8-0 defeat to Southampton in the Premier League Saturday.
Sunderland went to St Mary’s Stadium confident of taking something home from the match and the visitors started brightly.
However, things got tough as the game progressed and Southampton were rewarded with 3-0 lead at half-time.
And things didn’t get any better in the second either for the travelers, as the hosts scored five more goals in the second half to leave Poyet and his side stunned.
“I think its the most embarrassing time I’ve had on a football pitch,” the manager told reporters after the game.
“You think you will never get these situations but unfortunately it is sometimes your turn. I feel very sorry for the fans, they came a long way to see a very difficult game today.”
According to Poyet, nothing went right for them on Saturday.
“We conceded an own goal whish is unique. We paid the price for everything that went wrong today because it was a difficult day,” he said.
“The only thing we knew is we needed to not throw the game away as 3-0 was enough. I learned a lot about the players today – the bad side as some gave up and I know who they are for the future.”
He added: “I cannot watch it again because it’s not a lot to analyse. We were a difficult team to play before today but it was totally the opposite.
“As a group we didn’t show the character to be on the pitch. We were really poor and unacceptable in the second half.”
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, in the meantime, was happy with the victory, but admits to being left shocked scoreline.
“I’m very pleased. Still a little bit in shock,” Koeman said. “That 8-0 is not a normal result. I was surprised after 20 minutes about the score. 2-0 up and we didn’t start the game well.
“Sunderland were dominating and we had problems. Lucky by the first one, the own goal, gave us a little bit more confidence and we wake up after that.
“I’m very proud about the second half. We have 17 players out in the international break and if you show that ambition until the last second it is great.
“That was important. We played great football, we scored great goals and it was a great afternoon.”