ADAM JOHNSON expects a pub quiz question to go along the following lines in the not-too-distant future:
“Which team ended Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League record at Stamford Bridge?”
The answer was emphatically Sunderland last weekend after the Black Cats recorded their first top-flight victory since the Tyne-Wear derby on February 1.
Johnson told the Football Echo: “It’s probably going to be one of those quiz questions in a few years time, who broke Mourinho’s record? It was obviously nice to be part of that.
“It was a great result for us and we probably should have had six points from the two games against Manchester City and Chelsea, although I think we would taken four before the start of the week.
“It’s given us a massive lift.”
Johnson believes that statement of intent from Sunderland at Chelsea will have sent shockwaves through the other teams engulfed in the relegation dogfight.
A fortnight ago, Sunderland prospects of remaining in the Premier League looked to be nil after defeat to Everton left them seven points adrift of safety with six games to go.
Pundits and punters alike all felt Sunderland already had one foot in the Championship.
But, after coming back from the brink, Johnson expects those four sides immediately above the Black Cats to be nervously looking over their shoulders again.
“There’s still a good few teams who are right in it and have a lot to do,” added the 26-year-old.
“We said after the game last Saturday that there would be a few teams above us thinking ‘oh, no’.
“If I’d have seen that result on Saturday night and that result came in on Sunday, I’d think it’s just got even tougher.
“We’ve given everyone a scare and the momentum should be with us.
“With three home games, we couldn’t have asked for a better run-in.
“If you go back a month or so, everyone was saying we’d definitely stay up.
“People change their opinions with a couple of results.
“We showed signs in games a month ago that we were capable of playing top teams off the park.
“We knew we had it in us, it’s just been doing it on a consistent basis.
“We’ve made things hard for us all season, but we seem to have done better when things have been against us.
“We don’t want to waste those two results by being poor in our next three home games and ruining it.”