Poyet ‘very pleased’ with Sunderland’s play (VIDEO)

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Gus Poyet was in high spirits following Sunderland’s 1-1 draw against Everton. Following their 3-1 win at Crystal Palace last week, Sunderland have now earned four points in two matches while climbing to 14th on the Premier League table.

[ HIGHLIGHTS: Sunderland 1-1 Everton ]

Poyet said his team played a defensively-minded game out of respect for the Everton attack and was “very, very pleased” with their play.  After battling to stay out of the relegation zone for most of the season, Sunderland’s recent form has been encouraging to their manager.

While Poyet was clearly in a lighter mood following their draw with Everton, he did question the officiating in the match. Referee Lee Mason was constantly hounded by players throughout the match and made some calls that had both Poyet and Everton boss Roberto Martinez questioning his decisions.

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The Sunderland boss said some actions are “black and white,” and that referee Lee Mason may have been “gone grey in the middle.”

With the international break coming up, the Black Cats will have time to rest some injured players for their upcoming schedule, which features a three-game spell against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. With Burnley earning their first win and Queens Park Rangers finding form, it is important Poyet’s men continue to earn results to stay clear of the bottom three.