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Poyet: I was going to take Johnson off

Poyet celebrates Johnson's late winner. Credit: PA

I have to be honest, I was taking Adam Johnson off and for some reason, I didn't. Don't ask me why because I don't know, and luckily enough Jonno scored the winning goal, which is fantastic for us. It was the previous action to when the referee was probably stopping to change. Adam Johnson went in behind, checked back, missed the chance - I don't know if you remember, when he checked back on Coloccini and with the left foot, missed the goal?

What we were looking for was to go in behind - that was Buckley coming on - and Jonno did it, so I said, 'No, no, no, change Connor, number 10'.

Decisions. You can call it luck or whatever, but we haven't had too much this year so if it is luck, I'll take it for once. It's not bad.

– Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.

Twitter reaction to Liverpool's strong first-half against Arsenal


Don't know how liverpool and arsenal are level at ht. That's football


Liverpool playing well with no goal threat....arsenal look baffled by the 343 they are facing...


Liverpool need to score before Arsenal crack Brad Jones' secret code and discover "Shoot right. He dives left"


This wing-back business bringing the best out of Lazar Markovic simply because it gets him on the ball with room to run.


Close from Markovic there, who is doing well. Arsenal look like they believe Liverpool are not going to score, but they will on the break.


1-0 for #LFC. Coutinho scores just before half-time. Well taken. #LIVARS. Time for Arsenal to wake up


And they have woken up. Arsenal equalise almost instantly through Debuchy. #LFC incapable of winning headers in their own box. 1-1 #LIVARS


Johnson happy to be Toon hate figure

Adam Johnson admits he must be the most hated man in Newcastle after his late goal condemned Alan Pardew's side to a fourth successive derby defeat for the first time in their history.

The Sunderland winger, who scored in the two previous 3-0 wins over the Magpies at St James' Park, struck in the 90th minute to settle a rip-roaring encounter which might have gone either way until his intervention.

Three years in a row - they must hate me here, but I'm delighted.

Three wins here and three clean sheets. We can't ask for much more.

I was a bit disappointed as I should have scored earlier on so if I had missed that one I would have been gutted tonight. I took my time and set myself and thankfully it went in.

– Johnson speaking to Sky Sports 1.
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