Poyet: Confidence can help Sunderland emerge victorious against Newcastle United

KEEP FIGHTING ... Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet.
KEEP FIGHTING ... Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet.
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GUS POYET says Sunderland’s recent form has given them the confidence that they can emerge victorious from tomorrow’s Tyne-Wear derby.

Sunderland have taken 11 points from their last six Premier League outings - a return which has seen the Black Cats move out of the relegation zone for the first time since August.

And head coach Poyet believes that has provided the platform for Sunderland to go into tomorrow’s St James’s Park clash with all guns blazing, as they look to do the double over Newcastle United for the first time since 1967.

“After the last two months, this is the best time for us to play a derby,” said Poyet.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to win it, but with the wins we’ve had, the atmosphere, the players we’ve got available, the situation, how we’ve been playing away from home – everything is there.

“It’s a great, great opportunity to go and win a derby.”

Poyet, who beat the Magpies in his home debut in charge of Sunderland, will take charge of the Black Cats for the first time on Tyneside tomorrow and is relishing the occasion.

“I’m really looking forward to going to play there,” he added.

“It’s a great stadium with a great atmosphere so it should be a great day of football. I hope we can do well.”