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Wickham believes good performances will boost Sunderland's survival bid

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By James McLean

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Connor Wickham believes Sunderland’s impressive performances at Man City and Chelsea will give the club the belief that they can beat the drop this season, according to Sky Sports.

Connor Wickham

Wickkham scored both goals at the Etihad which looked to be sending the struggling Black Cats to a surprise 2-1 win against City before a late equaliser from Samir Nasri levelled the scores, and the former Ipswich youngster also got himself on the scoresheet as the Wearsiders pulled off a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge to mark Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s first Premier League defeat at the stadium across two spells.

Four points from a difficult six has risen belief across the north east that Sunderland can perhaps pull off one of the greatest escapes in Premier League history, and a win for the Cats in their game-in-hand they hold over other relegation threatened sides would see them climb out of the relegation zone.

Wickham was keen to reiterate what a tough job Gus Poyet’s men still face if they are to enjoy an eighth successive season in the top flight next time round, but believes the feel-good factor will prove helpful, stating his happiness with his own performances.

“Of course I'm pleased with my goals and I'm pleased to be able to show everyone what I'm capable of, but I'm not going to get overly excited or get carried away.

“There's still a lot of hard work to do and there's four tough games ahead of us - we need to keep up these performances.

“The dressing room was buzzing after the win at Chelsea; we were all delighted. That's two solid performances - three if you include the Everton game - that have given us the break we needed.

“We knew Chelsea needed the points as they're pushing for the title; the points were just as important for us as we're pushing to get out of the bottom. On the day we had more grit and determination to see the game out and I think we deserved the win.

“We controlled most of the game and our hard work paid off. Now it's about maintaining this level of performance and be ready to go again next week.”

Sunderland’s final four games see three fellow strugglers visiting the Stadium of Light, with a solitary road trip to Old Trafford to face Man United - who sacked manager David Moyes on Tuesday, with Red Devils legend Ryan Giggs likely to be in charge of the champions for the game.

The three home fixtures are against Cardiff on Sunday, West Brom on 7th May and Swansea in the final game of the season on 11th May.

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