In the wake of Sunderland's humbling at Arsenal, Gus Poyet has said the game has given him a lot to think about in the run up to next weekend's Capital One Cup Final.
In his post-match comments Poyet said;
Wembley could have been on the players' minds but this was a very good wake-up call.
No one has put them on the sheet for next week. No one. Everything I had in mind for next week is gone in 90 minutes, gone completely, so we start from zero.
Sometimes the players pick themselves. Now I have a few options. Maybe there are players pushing.
Certainly on the evidence of the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal there were far too many players with one or even two eyes on Wembley and not enough focused on the task at hand.
To single out any one performance however wouldn't be right. It was a collectively poor match for Sunderland.
Rightly though Poyet has something to ponder now, with the likes of Seb Larsson and Emanuele Giaccherini, who both appeared as substitutes at the Emirates, putting in solid claims for inclusion in Sunday's final.