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Sunday 4 December 2016

Defoe: We can handle pressure of relegation scrap

Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe believes the players have proved they can handle the pressure of a relegation battle.

A 2-0 win at Everton meant the Black Cats recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season and it could not have come at a more crucial time.

The result lifted Dick Advocaat's side two points clear of the relegation zone but wins for West Brom, Aston Villa and Leicester and a point for Newcastle mean the quest for survival is far from over.

"It was a must-win game to be honest, we knew we had to win," said Defoe, who made sure of three points with an 85th-minute effort after Danny Graham's fortuitous first goal for the club 28 months after joining.

"We still have an important game next week (at home to Leicester) but it is back-to-back wins and we are delighted to have done it. I think it has added a bit more pressure on the sides around us now.

"There was a lot of pressure on us to get a result and we handled that and that is credit to everyone at the club."

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