English Premiership

Neil: Two wins from safety

2016-04-18 11:12
Alex Neil (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Sunderland's dramatic 3-0 away win over Norwich has placed enormous pressure on the Canaries, but manager Alex Neil believes two more victories will secure their survival.

The Canaries are now a single point away from the relegation zone with their opponents breathing down their necks, and Neil admits his side are in for a scrap in their final four games, but believes they have what it takes to avoid the drop.

"I've said to the players if we are going to do it, then we are going to have to do it the hard way," Neil told the Sunderland Echo.

"We've got four games remaining and we need to win at least two."

Sunderland, on the other hand, have 5 matches left in the Premiership season, an advantage that the Black Cats will almost certainly need to capitalise on if they are to leapfrog Norwich into safety.

"But you have to bear in mind the other teams are still chasing us," Neil said. "Sunderland have got to win that game in hand to make it count.

"However, if we don't win games between now and the end of the season then it won't be enough," the Norwich manager added.

Placing further pressure on his side are 19th-placed Newcastle United, whose win over Swansea put them within three points of Norwich. The Magpies also have a game in hand, putting the Canaries' destiny squarely in their own hands.


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