JAMIE Carragher has warned Sunderland not to repeat their mistakes of the past – and ‘kick on’ from their latest derby victory over Newcastle United.
Jermain Defoe’s stunning strike earned the Black Cats a fifth successive win over their fierce rivals on Sunday.
However, past derby victories have been followed by disappointments, with Sunderland having lost their next league game on each of the last three occasions, all to Hull City.
New head coach Dick Advocaat will hope to avoid a similar fate against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and former Liverpool defender Carragher feels he needs to succeed where his predecessors failed.
The Sky Sports pundit said: “Dick Advocaat has come in and got that massive result, but we’ve seen it before.
“Gus Poyet and Paolo Di Canio came in and got massive results, and kept them up, but whenever Sunderland have made that change they’ve never kicked on from there.”
Sunday’s victory at a raucous Stadium of Light have raised hopes Sunderland have what it takes to stay in the Premier League this season.
The Black Cats moved three points clear of the bottom three, with seven games to play, and former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville says the win over Newcastle was one they simply had to get.
He said: “They needed this desperately. Dick Advocaat needed it.
“It was a great result for them, which has become the norm against Newcastle in these last couple of years. It’s a massive result for them and gives them confidence.”
After Sunday’s game, another Sky Sports pundit, Thierry Henry, heaped praise on Sunderland’s supporters.
He said: “I’ve never seen fans like that before except when the team are waiting to lift the trophy after winning the league.
“It was unbelievable. They were still here after the game chanting ‘five in a row’ and I’m thinking ‘what are you doing? Go home, the game’s finished’.”