Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Boss Will Tinker with Team for Cup; Poyet Will Tinker with Side for Cup

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Boss Will Tinker with Team for Cup; Poyet Will Tinker with Side for Cup

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Byline: Mark Smith From Page 56

GUSTAVO Poyet is hoping some of his fringe players can prove him wrong as he prepares to freshen up his Sunderland side for tomorrow's Capital One Cup visit of Stoke City.

Poyet will review Saturday's goalless draw at Burnley and await a further injury update before finalising his line-up, but admitted there will most likely be fresh faces for the Stadium of Light clash.

The Uruguayan said: "I want to wait and see if I need to make a few changes.

"It might be, because there are players there who cannot play three games in a row."

Tomorrow's 7.45pm kick-off is the first of three straight home games for the Black Cats as Swansea and Stoke visit in the Premier League on successive weekends.

Poyet said on his League Cup selection: "We are going to use the squad, and it is a good opportunity for some of the players to show me that maybe I am making a mistake by not playing them.

"They can show me that they are the ones who are going to win a game for us in the Premier League."

Steven Fletcher missed the Burnley trip after picking up a calf injury on the eve of the fixture, while Poyet was unenthusiastic in his praise of the point picked up at Turf Moor.

The head coach said: "At the moment we are not playing terrible but not playing fantastic, and we are still trying to find our rhythm that is going to give us the first win.

"We have an opportunity at home now in the Cup and the two Turn to Page 51 Premier League games especially, which we need to, and we must win one."

Asked whether performance was the main barometer at this time of the season, he added: "As long as we keep getting points and moving up the table, but we need to perform better.

"We played better against QPR and we lost, so you sometimes get compensated.

"In the first two or three games this season we had a performance for part of the game, then we had a very difficult game against Tottenham and Burnley was just OK. …

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