Poyet: Now Sunderland can stay up

Vito Mannone makes a save to deny Chelsea scorer Samuel Eto'o on the way to today's incredible victory for the Black Cats
Vito Mannone makes a save to deny Chelsea scorer Samuel Eto'o on the way to today's incredible victory for the Black Cats
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SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet feels survival is now within his side’s grasp.

Today’s stunning 2-1 victory at Chelsea followed the midweek 2-2 draw at title-chasing Manchester City.

“I think with us, Sunderland, this year anything can happen,” he said.

“It can go wither way. When no-one expects anything from us, we get a result from Manchester City and now we beat Chelsea here.

“In a good way, I think, because there was not too much difference between the two teams, apart from the shots from distance.

“Today we got the breaks that for some reason have been going against us.”

The win continued Sunderland’s good record against the top teams, and Poyet admits they must now find a way to take points against those sides around them – with Cardiff up next at the Stadium of Light.

“The talking in the dressing room was that we’d rather play Real Madrid next Sunday and not Cardiff,” he said.

“It’s the way we play and feel more comfortable. We we feel we are, between brackets, the modest team we feel more secure.

“We can be calm. Sometimes when you play at home against teams around you you have to take the initiative. We are a little bit hurried and don’t control the game.”

Sunderland remain bottom, but are up to 29 points, only three adrift of fourth-bottom Norwich, who face Liverpool tomorrow.

Fulham and Cardiff are a point better off than the Wearsiders, whose next match is at home to Cardiff next weekend.

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