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Premier League is still Sunderland’s priority despite cup success, Poyet insists

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By Stephen Donovan

Sunday 16 February 2014

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet has insisted that the Premier League remains the club’s main focus despite their great success in the cup competitions this season, Sky Sports has reported.

Gustavo Poyet

Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Southampton, sealed by Craig Gardner’s excellent strike, ensured the Black Cats of their progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with Poyet’s side having already reached the Capital One Cup final, which takes place in March with Manchester City providing the opposition.

However, Sunderland remain in a precarious position in the Premier League, with defeat to Hull City last time out coupled with West Bromwich Albion’s late draw against leaders Chelsea, saw them slip back into the bottom three.

And Poyet is still adamant that survival in the Premier League remains his team’s top priority. When reminded of the achievements of Bob Stokoe, who led the club to FA Cup glory in 1973, he said: "Me, I would prefer to stay in the Premier League.

"Apparently to be more famous, it's better to win the cup. I don't want any more people knowing me, I think they know me enough, so I would prefer to stay in the Premier League. I am not looking for a statue, that's for sure.

"It's a personal feeling. I can't answer for anybody else, it's me. I would be devastated if we go down, so it's me.

"Now at the same time, I have to say if we win the cup, I am going to be jumping up and down and I am going to be wanting to come back here and celebrate with the fans, that's true. We will see, we will see what happens."

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