Poyet: We need to avoid FA Cup replay

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has admitted a replay is the last thing he wants from Saturday's FA Cup fifth round clash with Southampton.

The Black Cats' progression in both domestic cup competitions - they face Man City in the Capital One Cup final - and the postponement of their trip to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night means they face a potential scheduling nightmare as they attempt to preserve their top-flight status.

The situation tomorrow is: if we win, we need to postpone Liverpool; if we lose and Liverpool win, we need to postpone Liverpool; if we both lose, then we play that day; if we draw, we don't know when we are going to play the replay and we don't know if we have to postpone Liverpool until we play the replay.

I'm sorry, it's not normal. It's impossible. We are talking about the next three weeks, we are not talking about three months' time, so it's not normal.

– Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.

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