Jack Rodwell's first Sunderland goal left Louis van Gaal still awaiting his first Premier League win
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Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is hoping his players return to action still feeing "unbeatable" after last season's great escape.
– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
The good time we had stopped because the season finished.
But we talk a lot about momentum and there are a few players, the players who have been there at the end of the season that finished playing with the feeling of being unbeatable, practically.
I hope that we take it into this season because it is very, very important that we start well in the Premier League.
If you do not, what happened to us last season can happen and, like I said in the beginning, I do not want to suffer again.
Sunderland have the completed the signing of winger Will Buckley from Brighton, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Buckley is no stranger to Black Cats boss Gus Poyet, having played under him at the Amex Stadium.
Jack Rodwell has set his sights on securing an England place after completing his move to Sunderland, admitting that watching the World Cup left "a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth".
– Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell
Watching the World Cup left a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. I was supporting the team 100 per cent but I also wanted to be there so I think its's time I put that right, get back playing and get back in the squad
Without doubt the last couple of seasons I have not played nearly enough football as I have wanted to play.
The regular football is the most important thing for me, to play football and get back to enjoying it, so this is a great place for me to be.