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Poyet: 'Keeping Sunderland up is my biggest achievement'

Gus Poyet has insisted keeping Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League is the biggest achievement of his career.

The 46-year-old Uruguayan was handed the task of sparing the Black Cats from the drop in October, at which point they had collected just a solitary point from their opening seven games.

But on Wednesday evening, they ensured they will play in the top flight once again next season with a 2-0 victory over West Brom which took them to 38 points after a remarkable fourth successive win.

"It's the biggest achievement of my life, for sure. Today is one of the happiest days of my life as well.

I always think about other people. I think about today the fans from this city, how important it is for them to have a team in the Premier League - we have got it, at least for another year - how important for the staff, how important for everybody really, how important for the chairman to be able to plan for the future knowing that we are going to be in the Premier League.

I am delighted for the players. It's been difficult, I can tell you, it's been very, very difficult."

– SUNDERLAND BOSS GUS POYET

Sunderland stay up after West Brom win

Fabio Borini Credit: PA

Gus Poyet got his miracle as Sunderland ensured their continued presence in the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Brom.

Just weeks after admitting they needed divine intervention when they slipped seven points off the survival pace, the 46-year-old Uruguayan saw his team secure a fourth successive top-flight win for the first time since December 2000 to end their fears.

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Sunderland 2 : West Bromwich Albion 0

The Black Cats will definitely be back in the premier league next season after a comfortable two-nil win over West Bromwich Albion this evening (May 7).

First half goals from Jack Colback and Fabio Borini proved decisive and confirmed Sunderland are now mathematically safe from relegation.

Just three weeks ago they were seven points adrift at the bottom of the table - it really has been a great escape!

Poyet says Sunderland are "in a fantastic position"

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says the club has put itself in "a fantastic position" to stay up after Saturday's 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Black Cats now need just one point from their remaining two games to be almost mathematically certain of Premier League survival. Poyet's side are two points clear of the bottom three and have a superior goal difference over relegation candidates Norwich.

Sunderland host West Brom at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.

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Sunderland beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford

Sunderland's great escape continued with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United. A few weeks ago, relegation from the Premier League looked a certainty. Now though, Gus Poyet's side are three points above the drop zone, with a game in hand.

Gus Poyet celebrates as Sunderland become the first side to beat Manchester United since Ryan Giggs took charge Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sunderland travel to Old Trafford as fight for survival goes on

Talking tough: Gus Poyet has managed to lift his team out of the relegation zone. Credit: PA
The Chosen One? Ryan Giggs is in charge of Manchester United on a temporary basis. Credit: PA
Hitting form: Connor Wickham has become Sunderland's danger man in recent games. Credit: PA

Sunderland are travelling to Old Trafford for a key clash in their battle to stay in the Premier League.

With recent results going their way, the Black Cats are now out of the relegation zone. But their position is still precarious: they are 17th in the league with three games left.

Ryan Giggs, Manchester United's interim manager, will be keen to get a result and improve his chances of securing the job on a long-term basis.

Meanwhile, Gus Poyet will hope that his in-form striker Connor Wickham, who was named Player of the Month for April yesterday, can help his team get a crucial result.

Kick-off is at 3pm. You can see more on all the day's action here.

Poyet backs Giggs for permanent role at Manchester United

Gus Poyet has backed Ryan Giggs, currently Manchester United's interim boss, to manage the Red Devils on a permanent basis.

Sunderland will take on Manchester United at Old Trafford this Saturday. It is another crucial fixture in the Black Cats' battle to stay in the Premier League. They are currently 17th in the league with three games left.

When asked about Ryan Giggs's prospects at the pre-match press conference, the Sunderland manager said: "Why not? He knows the club... He knows the players, he knows what is needed".

Black Cat Connor Wickham wins award

Award-winner: 21-year-old Connor Wickham is Player of the Month for April.

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has been named Player of the Month for April.

The 21-year-old’s recent goals have helped the Black Cats climb out of the relegation zone. Wickham joined Sunderland from Ipswich in 2011.

Sunderland will need his good form to continue: they are currently 17th in the league with three games left.

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