Poyet backs Mannone ahead of Chelsea clash

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is confident Vito Mannone has the mental strength to bounce back from his costly midweek howler at Chelsea.

The 26-year-old Italian keeper allowed Samir Nasri's tame shot to squirm from his grasp and over the line as Manchester City snatched a 2-2 draw with the Black Cats at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

That's why when you have a son, the first thing you say is, 'Don't play in goal. Any position but in goal'.

It doesn't matter how well you play for 89 minutes, it doesn't matter how many saves or crosses you catch, if you make one mistake, it is going to cost you a goal.

It's the worst position to be part of. But the goalkeepers know that and the have to live with that and they have cope with that.

I think Vito wants just to play again as soon as soon as possible. I have got no doubts he is going to play tomorrow, it's not a problem for me.

– Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet

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