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Wickham: Sunderland very confident of survival

Striker Connor Wickham has every belief Sunderland can beat the drop despite their slide into the bottom three on Saturday.

While the Black Cats battled to a creditable 1-1 draw at Stoke, victories for Hull and Leicester meant those sides both leapfrogged the Wearsiders in the table, moving them from 16th to 18th.

Connor Wickham netted Sunderland's goal at Stoke. Credit: PA

"There are only five games left, but it is still a long way to go.

"And although it is going to be difficult, I think we have more than enough talent in the changing room to take on the teams we have got to play and get the points we need to stay safe."


Premier League starting line-ups: Stoke v Sunderland

Johnson set to remain available to play for Sunderland

Johnson appears set to remain available for selection. Credit: PA

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson appears set to remain available to play for the club after being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

The Black Cats confirmed on that, while they will continue to review the situation, their position "remains unchanged".

With the 27-year-old having been used as a substitute in each of the club's last three Premier League games, it seems that the winger could also be involved at Stoke on Saturday.

A club statement said: "Following yesterday's statement from Durham Constabulary, the club recognises that the formal legal process must take its course and whilst our position remains unchanged, we will keep the matter under review.

"The club will not be making any further comment."


Sunderland's Defoe says derby-winning goal was "unbelievable"

Defoe hits the winning goal beyond Tim Krul Credit: PA

Jermain Defoe was emotional after hitting the winning goal for Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby.

To be honest it's unbelievable. As soon as it leaves your foot you know it's going in and it's an unbelievable feeling.

Words can't even describe how I felt when that went in - it's quite emotional really.

It was a massive game and I just wanted to do well. The lads have worked so hard and everyone's put the effort in. We just wanted the three points as well and I'm delighted we got them.

– Jermain Defoe
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