Early speculation over lunchtime surrounding Jozy Altidore's involvement in today's FA Cup Quarter Final at the KC Stadium proved to be correct, with the burly American forward failing to even make the bench, which will only further serve to pour fuel onto the fire that is the striker's future with the club.
Elsewhere Poyet has seen fit to tinker a little with his side as he looks to successfully juggle another cup competition and a relegation scrap.
Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Oscar Ustari, Phil Bardsley, Andrea Dossena, Santiago Vergini, John O'Shea; Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback, Sebastian Larsson, Emanuele Giaccherini, Steven Fletcher, Nacho Scocco
Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Ki Sung-Yeung, Adam Johnson, Carlos Cuellar, Liam Bridcutt, Fabio Borini
Former Sunderland boss and all round top Geordie, Steve Bruce, has named an attacking looking side as he looks to make it three wins out of three over Sunderland this season.
Hull City (4-3-3): Alan McGregor; Liam Rosenior, James Chester, Curtis Davies, Maynor Figueroa; Ahmed Elmohamady, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, David Meyler; Yannick Sagbo, Sone Aluko, Matty Fryatt
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Alex Bruce, Abdoulaye Faye, Conor Henderson, Stephen Quinn, George Boyd, Robert Koren