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')

Alfred N'Diaye enjoying life under Paolo Di Canio

N'Diaye enjoying life under Di Canio
© PA Photos
Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye declares that this side are enjoying a different and more tactical approach employed by new manager Paolo Di Canio.

Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye has declared that the arrival of Paolo Di Canio has helped revitalise the beleaguered squad.

The Black Cats sit outside the Premier League bottom three only on goal difference after failing to win any of their last nine matches.

N'Diaye believes that Di Canio's first game in charge, a narrow 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, showed that there are signs to be cautiously optimistic that his side can pick up results required to survive.

He told The Mirror: "We've done a lot of tactical training over the last week.

"Sometimes we've not even been working with the ball, just doing tactical stuff on the pitch in groups.

"I don't want to say Martin O'Neill was a bad manager. They're both good managers, just with different approaches. We're all enjoying it."

Di Canio's second game comes this weekend when Sunderland face Newcastle United at St James' Park in the Tyne-Wear derby.

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