Wickham hails Sunderland success

Connor Wickham revels in his second goal in today's win over Cardiff
Connor Wickham revels in his second goal in today's win over Cardiff
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TWO-GOAL hero Connor Wickham insists that Sunderland are on the way to safety – after an impressive all-round team performance.

Wickham made it five goals in three matches by opening and closing the scoring in yesterday’s 4-0 defeat of Cardiff which lifted the Black Cats out of the Premier League relegation zone.

“It’s never easy against these teams, even when they’ve got 10 men,” said on-song Wickham. “But we had a job to do and we’re on our way back now.

“I don’t really feel the pressure, to be honest. We created chances a hell of a lot over the last few games. We deserved that result. We’re doing what we can do.

“The team performed well today. We created a lot of chances and defended right from the back from the goalkeeper all the way through to the forwards so I think we deserved what we got today.”

Wickham also played a key role in the second goal, forcing defender Juan Cala into the ill-judged challenge which cost him a red card and his side a penalty, which was coolly converted by Fabio Borini.

“Obviously I felt he pulled me down,” the £8million forward added.

“I felt I could have scored. If you go down, he’s going to get sent off, but I felt I could score. But he (referee Phil Dowd) brought it back and I think he made the right decision.”