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Police praise fans after 'peaceful' derby

Police have praised the majority of North East football fans after what they say was 'a passionate and peaceful derby' on Easter Sunday.

There were only 25 arrests out of the near 50,000 people who watched the game at the Stadium of Light.

Chief Supt Steve Neill said: "The vast majority of fans were great today; they represented themselves and their clubs impeccably and enjoyed the Wear Tyne derby for the great occasion that it is."

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Advocaat says players need to believe in themselves

New Sunderland Head Coach Dick Advocaat says his players need to believe in themselves if the club is to avoid relegation.

The Dutchman replaced Gus Poyet this week and met the media for the first time this morning (Friday, March 20).

Sunderland are just one point above the premier league relegation zone.

Advocaat thinks his first game in charge, at West Ham tomorrow, will set the tone.

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