Top 10 Sunderland stories of the week

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IT’S no surprise football dominates our list of top ten stories this week as back-to-back impressive performances boost Sunderland fans’ hopes of Premier League survival.

The One Direction ticket row, a bleach bottle attack and a shocking story of an internet paedophile also got readers talking.

1) Ex-footballer posed as bisexual teenage girl to target Sunderland children online

Readers were shocked by the story of Craig Nelson, who posed as a bisexual teenage girl to prey on children online.

2) Poyet: I always believed in Vergini

Gus Poyet praised Santiago Vergini’s performances on the pitch while Phil Bardsley has been suspended.

3) The miracle is on for Sunderland

Our sports writer Chris Young on the miracle win at Chelsea that raised hopes of Sunderland’s Premiership survival.

4) Poyet happy to have Cattermole on his side

Gus praised the contribution former Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole has made to his side.

5 Poyet’s plans at Sunderland paying off big-style

The Sunderland boss believes players are now reaping the rewards of playing football his way.

6) Wes Brown sees a bright future for Connor Wickham

Connor Wickham’s stunning performances for Sunderland against Chelsea and Manchester City have earned him praise from many, including his team mate Wes Brown.

7) Children to miss out on One Direction concert amid ticket rules row

Parents are up in arms after discovering their children’s One Direction tickets were effectively useless because rules mean under-12s will not be permitted in the standing area of the boy band’s Stadium of Light concert.

8) Teenager’s “bleach attack terror”

An 18-year-old told of the impact of her ordeal when she was the victim of an assault.

9) Sunderland midfielder pens deal with Nottingham Forest

David Vaughan has agreed personal terms on a two-year deal to leave Sunderland for the Championship side at which he’s been on loan.

10) Hunt for armed raiders

Echo readers helped spread the message when police put out a witness appeal over armed burglars trying to break into a flat above a shop.