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Gus Poyet: 'Sunderland halfway to miracle'

Gus Poyet says that his Sunderland team are halfway toward completing the "miracle" of staying in the Premier League.

Gus Poyet has said that his Sunderland team are halfway toward completing the "miracle" of staying in the Premier League.

The bottom-placed Black Cats have found some form at just the right time, as Poyet's men followed up their 2-2 draw with Manchester City by beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

With the North-East outfit three points adrift of safety with a game in hand over their relegation rivals, the Uruguayan coach says that a miraculous escape from the drop zone is very much on the cards.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday's six-pointer with Cardiff City at the Stadium of Light, he said: "It's been a good week, yes, it's true.

"[The players] are human beings, normal people who were very down because of the situation, and then in four days, everything changed.

"Now the idea is, with all respect, we have done something very special, but let's say half of the miracle. The other half, we still need to make."

Sunday's clash is scheduled to kick off at 12pm.

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