Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turmoil of Saints Will Not Alter Plan; Black Cats Win Would Be 'Job Half Done' - Poyet

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turmoil of Saints Will Not Alter Plan; Black Cats Win Would Be 'Job Half Done' - Poyet

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

SUNDERLAND are expecting a reaction from Southampton tomorrow, but with Gustavo Poyet unsure what it will be they are preparing for business as usual.

A win will lift Poyet's Black Cats out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time this season - - although he warned that would only be "half a job done" this season.

The normally-stable Saints have been thrown into turmoil this week by the resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese.

This prompted suggestions manager Manuel Pochettino and even some leading players were considering their futures.

Poyet is certain it will have a bearing on Southampton's performance in the televised game, but has no idea if it will be positive or negative.

He said: "I could easily say it wouldn't, but without any doubt it will affect the players. It does.

"Because you're talking. We are normal. You wake up and it's a mess in your club and if you care about your club and something is not normal it will affect you.

"The reaction? We will see. I'm sure they will be saying we must make sure we do this or that, but that's not the problem.

"It's about how much you've been talking about it and how much is in your head.

"It's not what the manager likes, I can tell you that."

That said, Poyet has prepared as if nothing had happened.

He added: "We know they're a top team, so we have to think they will be doing the same things.

"We have proved to ourselves anyway if we do well it's difficult to beat us. So we're trying to concentrate on that.

"We need to make sure we are good, we don't give anything away - - no mistakes, no presents, no penalties, no sendings-off, nothing that will give opportunities to the opposition.

Then do the basics with the way we play, and with the confidence in there it should be easier. …

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