Sunderland boss Poyet: Now for lift-off after derby delight

Adam Johnson celebrates Sunderland's derby victory

Adam Johnson celebrates Sunderland's derby victory

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GUS POYET insists the platform from Tyne-Wear derby ecstasy needs to be a season-changing moment for Sunderland.

The Black Cats made history at St James’s Park yesterday after Adam Johnson’s last-minute winner consigned Newcastle United to a record fourth successive derby defeat.

But Sunderland boss Poyet hopes victory on Tyneside is just the start after the Black Cats ended a run of five draws in six games to record only a third Premier League win of the campaign.

With second-bottom Hull City next up at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day, Poyet is looking for Sunderland to use the derby triumph as a foundation to put together their first run of back-to-back wins of the campaign.

Poyet said: “It has to be a big moment.

“We shouldn’t be talking about one win. It has to be a change.

“Confidence is a word that everyone uses a lot, but there is no bigger confidence boost than beating your biggest rivals in the last minute.

“Next week, everybody should be fully confident so we need to create and win our home game.

“That (the Hull game) could be one that changes the season. Not yesterday, but winning two or three in a row.”

Poyet proved to be a record-breaker last season when Sunderland became only the second team in Premier League history to be bottom of the table at Christmas and still survive.

But he admits that it was a sweet moment to lead Sunderland to four wins on the spin over the Magpies for the first time - three of which have been with the Uruguayan at the helm.

“As a person, as a sporting man, I want to be remembered for something nice,” said Poyet.

“We had a difficult season last year and broke a few records.

“But to get this one is very special.

“I’m sure if you are a Sunderland fan, you will remember this run of games because there’s no better feeling.”

As in the previous two wins at St James’s, Easington-born Johnson proved to be Sunderland’s hero with his third in as many games on Tyneside.

Poyet added: “I think he cares.

“He’s got those feelings that he knows what it means to everybody.

“He wants to be part of history.

“He doesn’t want to miss these games, he wants to perform in them all the time and he delivers.”

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* Don’t miss today’s derby special souvenir Sunderland Echo – celebrating the Black Cats’ four-in-a-row triumph