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Sunderland can survive, believes Poyet

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By Stephen Donovan

Sunday 20 April 2014

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet believes that the club have now created a ‘great opportunity’ to avoid relegation from the Premier League after they pulled off a shock 2-1 win at title hopefuls Chelsea, writes BBC Sport.

Gustavo Poyet

The rock-bottom Black Cats sensationally became the first side to win at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League during either of Jose Mourinho’s two spells in charge of the hosts thanks to a late penalty from Fabio Borini, given for a foul on Jozy Altidore by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea had taken the lead through Samuel Eto’o, who evaded the attentions of Lee Cattermole to convert a left-wing corner, before Connor Wickham equalised six minutes later with his third goal in two games, tapping home the rebound after Mark Schwarzer had failed to hold on to a Marcos Alonso shot.

The result now takes Sunderland to just three points adrift of the safety line, with a huge game at home to fellow strugglers Cardiff City coming up next. And Poyet believes his side are now capable of staying up. He said: "On Wednesday at 5pm we were dead," said Poyet, whose side are bottom but now only three points away from safety. If we don't stay up now it's a shame.

"As soon as I said we needed a miracle, things changed. The players kept believing. We needed something special and it happened in the last four or five days. I'm a believer, I am committed and I know what we can do. With results like today you can expect anything from us. We looked dead on Wednesday afternoon and now we look a totally different team."

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