Daniel Roberts: Stoke and Everton matches crucial for Sunderland

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Once again, we find ourselves in our seasonal pursuit for Premier League survival.

In terms of our chances in this year’s looming threat of the drop, the club finds itself in a position where Premier League football for a successive eighth season is still a distinct possibility.

Although our claws have somewhat been clipped – and our scratching, fighting nature is replaced by a startled meltdown after a single conceded goal – the prospect of survival is still high.

The squad has proven throughout the season that they are not out of their depth.

That’s the most important thing.

There’s also enough quality in the team to collect the scraps of results needed to see our safety secured.

We’ve picked up points in more than half of our games this season – a record that can’t be paraded by our relegation rivals.

Fourteen of those games have seen us draw –however those points could act as a raft in our pursuit to keep our heads above water.

Away games against Stoke City and Everton provide us with a real chance of collecting another two points, something that, come the end of the season, could be worth millions to the club.

They may appear unspectacular, but they are crucial matches!

Couple those points with a victory against Leicester at home and the club will be well on their way to another season in the English top flight.

* This article was sent into the Echo by a reader for our new Black Cats eight-page supplement, titled The Roar! - which will be in the paper every Wednesday.

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