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Poyet hails 'outstanding' Southampton

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has heaped praise on Southampton ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash at St Mary's Stadium.

The Saints sold five first-team players and replaced them with several others during the summer. Former manager Mauricio Pochettino also departed and was replaced by Ronald Koeman, leading to many pundits predicting that the club might struggle this season.

However, Southampton are 3rd in the Premier League table after winning four of their opening seven games.

Poyet delighted for 'leader' O'Shea

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is happy for John O'Shea after the Irishman had a good week for both club and country.

The 33-year-old scored a late equaliser in Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Germany on Tuesday night, before signing a new two-year contract extension with the Black Cats on Thursday.

Speaking ahead of his side's trip to Stoke this weekend, Poyet said he was 'delighted' for his captain.

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Sunderland sell-out Southampton ticket allocation

St Mary's Stadium, Southampton Credit: Clive Gee/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland have sold out their allocation of more than 2,500 tickets for next Saturday's match with Southampton.

The club has announced that its full allocation of 2,549 tickets have all been sold for the Premier League clash at St Mary's on October 18, despite fans having to travel almost 700 miles for the game.

The Black Cats boasted one of the strongest away followings in the Premier League last season, with supporters travelling almost 10,000 miles to watch Gus Poyet's side play around the UK.

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No panic from Poyet

Sunderland Boss Gus Poyet is refusing to panic, even though his team are still without a premier league win this season.

The Black Cats have only lost once in the league so far, but they're yet to secure their first victory.

Poyet felt his team's performance last weekend in the goalless draw against Swansea was a big improvement though, and he can see much better times ahead.

Poyet aggrieved by N'Zonzi decision

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet believes Stoke midfielder Steven N'Zonzi should have been sent off during his side's League Cup exit against Stoke.

With the score level at 1-1, N'Zonzi appeared to grab Sunderland's Jack Rodwell by the throat after the two came together in a challenge. Referee Mike Dean showed yellow cards to both players but Poyet felt aggrieved that N'Zonzi wasn't sent off.

The Black Cats lost 2-1 on the night.

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