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Sunderland’s ‘Never Say Die’ spirit is pretty infectious

Despite being constantly tipped to go down, Sunderland’s form over the course of last couple of months has been very solid. In their last 12 games, The Black Cats were beaten just twice and pulled off four wins in that time.

Perhaps it was their six draws, which had the fans worried about their safety this season. However, like their heroics in past couple of seasons, Sunderland were never going to give up on their Premier League status.

In many ways those draws for which they were criticised turned out to be the crucial points which Newcastle and Norwich were unable to achieve in most of their games this season.

Sam Allardyce must be given huge credit for sticking to his methods and above all going out and buying right kind of players in January to aid Sunderland’s safety mission.

Likes of Wahbi Khazri and Jan Kirchhoff have been instrumental in putting match-winning performances since their arrival at the Stadium of Light.

Khazri’s thunderbolt strike against Chelsea could go down as Sunderland’s goal of the season and as for Kirchhoff, his defensive work in front of the back-four has been well acclaimed throughout the league.

Amongst all these notable contributions, Jermaine Defoe’s goals really helped Sunderland to stay up this season. Defoe scored 15 league goals this season and is the third highest English goal-scorer behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.

Another impressive aspect about Sunderland’s relegation battle this season was the cohesion they showed under the Big Sam. Every player knew their task and played a big role at some part of the season and made sure Sunderland maintain their Premier League status for one more season.

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