Apr 7, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
2-1
Sunderland
Ivanovic (55'), Kilgallon (47' og.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Azpilicueta (45' og.)
Gardner (25'), Rose (62')

Craig Gardner hails Paolo Di Canio impact

Sunderland's Craig Gardner celebrates after scoring his sides first goal against Fulham on March 2, 2013
© PA Photos
Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner hails the impact that new manager Paolo Di Canio has had at the club despite their defeat to Chelsea.

Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has praised the impact that new manager Paulo Di Canio has had at the club since his arrival last week.

The Black Cats succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Italian's first game in charge of his new side.

Gardner told the club's official website: "The boss has been brilliant since coming in. He knows what he wants from his players and he really studies the game inside out.

"He makes his players feel that they are the best and that's what you want from a manager."

Sunderland face Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby next week as their fight against the drop from the Premier League continues.

New Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio on the touchline during the match against Chelsea on April 7, 2013
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