Sunderland manager Gus Poyet admits the better side won following FA Cup exit to Bradford

After seeing his side crash out of the FA Cup fifth round following a shock defeat to Bradford City, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet admitted the Bantams were deserved winners on Sunday, reports BBC Sport.

Bradford went ahead at Valley Parade inside of five minutes after Sunderland defender John O’Shea scored an own goal. The hosts had the Black Cats on the ropes on many occasions in the game, but couldn’t find the decisive second goal until the second-half of the game.

Striker Jon Stead netted to continue his record of scoring in every round of this season’s competition to pile misery onto Sunderland, who are ensuring a poor run of form in all competitions. Bradford, on the other hand, are flying high in League One, and the promotion-chasers were tipped by many to cause another upset, after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the previous round.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet finds himself under pressure after the surprise exit, but he was keen to deflect any criticism attached to him or his players, and has instead given credit to Bradford, admitting they deserved to win.

“Credit to Bradford, they know how to play these games. It is not humiliating, it is what the cup brings into the equation. If the top teams always beat the smaller teams, then the cup would not exist,” he said.

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