Sunderland manager Gus Poyet felt his side could leave Wembley with their heads held high
Despite watching his side concede three second-half goals as Manchester City turned around a half-time deficit to be crowned Capital One Cup winners, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet felt his side could leave Wembley with their heads held high.
Speaking in the post-match press conference, the Black Cats boss said: "I wanted you to see my team on the pitch and I saw my team today so I am proud of them.
"I didn't want any mistakes, any presents to the opposition, any bad decisions, any sending off or own goals and we didn't so we had the best shot that we had in ourselves.
"We couldn't do better, we tried our best, but then, if you get Yaya Toure and he scores from 35 yards in the top corner [what can you do?]. Maybe next day I play two goalkeepers and have a better chance.
"At the end of the day the quality decided the game because they were absolutely wonder finishes."
Sunderland had taken an early lead through Fabio Borini after 10 minutes, an advantage they held until the 55th minute when spectacular goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri inside 60 seconds turned the game on its head and, from that stage, the Citizens didn't look back, going on to round off victory through substitute Jesus Navas in the final minute.
"It is not nice when you are in the losing side," Poyet added.
"I hate it but someone needs to win, it is a final. The best thing is that we, me included and the players, didn't make any mistakes today.
"Maybe we missed a couple of half chances to finish better but we didn't give anything away. We didn't give it to Man City, they won it – in a quality way. That is the only thing we can do, the rest is not in our hands.
"If special players like Yaya and Nasri have a very good day then you will have a problem because sooner or later they are going to find a way because they are different. That is why they are on five times what our best player earns.
"In two minutes they went 'bang, bang' and we reorganised and we had a go, tried our best but we were too open.
"I hate it but I am proud. I am proud because it is what I wanted you to see. Okay you say maybe I prefer to win very ugly with a handball in an offside position.
"Probably it is true, but I wanted you to see my team play because they played the way I want to play."
VIDEO: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet shares his thoughts with The Football League after watching his side lose 3-1 to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.