Gus Poyet has echoed the sentiments of one of his Sunderland predecessors by conceding his club have to work overtime to attract top-quality players to the north-east. Former Black Cats boss Roy Keane launched an infamous tirade in August 2007 in which he blasted “weak and soft” stars who “don’t want to come [to Sunderland] because their wife wants to go shopping in London.” The mild-mannered Poyet did not go quite that far but he did acknowledge that geographical issues will make the job of luring improvements to the Stadium of Light in January all the more difficult. Poyet said: “When you give certain types of players the option of going to London or the north-east in the same conditions, 99 from 100 will choose London and that’s the reality. “We have to be a step ahead – we have to do things better than those clubs in the south or in other countries in a nice place with different weather. “We need to do something that will convince them to come to the north. On top of that it is even more difficult in January because clubs don’t want to lose their best players, so everything needs to come together.” Poyet has seen his side’s prospects improve after a gruelling week which saw combative draws against Chelsea and Liverpool which sandwiched a 4-1 home thrashing by a Sergio Aguero-inspired Manchester City. Victory over West Ham on Saturday would give the Black Cats a major boost ahead of their festive fixture programme and could convince Poyet to stay the course with his current squad for the remainder of the season. Poyet added: “When a player of more than decent quality becomes available there are too many people who want him. It’s not going to be easy but it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality and if it’s not quality then it’s going to be no-one.” Press Association
By Joe ChapmanSTRIKER Kester Dundas banged in the solitary goal of the Hamilton Green football championship final against home side Winners Connection to give the Guyana Police Force their second Hamilton Green title.Dundas’ goal in the 78th minute of play was the result of a received cross from Rawle Haynes down the right flankPlaying on a bigger outfield at the MSC ground the lawmen were not as dominant as one expected but their opponents were not up to scratch, as they struggled in the first half to outplay each other.However, as the second half got underway the Linden side looked better, but the City-based team always were on the hunt for top honours as they pressured the Linden side at midfield and were able to come away with some close shaves.The second half was more up-tempo and competitive as Winners Connection saw veteran Rawle ‘Boney’ Gittens replace Marmalaque Davidson.Changes by Police were not far off with Dundas coming on around the 68th minute. Ten minutes later he was able to unlock Connection’s defence and find the back of the net against a dazed Linden side. This dented the hopes of a victory after being competitive, at the very least, in this encounter.The Police side are on a good run of football performances. They have been the side to beat outside of the Guyana Football Federation’s Elite League.Their manager Keyron Boston said he was satisfied with the win although they could have played better ahead of another final which they will contest tomorrow in the City.