Sunderland boss says Black Cats are close to safety

first_imgSunderland boss Dick Advocaat claims his side need just one more point to guarantee Premier League safety, after Saturday’s 2-0 win away at Everton boosted their survival hopes.Deflected goals from Danny Graham and Jermain Defoe secured a vital three points for the Black Cats and, ahead of the afternoon’s kick-offs, moved them up to 14th.And Advocaat believes the Wearside outfit need just one draw from their three remaining games – against relegation rivals Leicester City and the Premier League’s top two, Arsenal and Chelsea – to guarantee their top flight status.The former Russian national coach, who admitted he was thankful for his team’s luck against the Toffees, said: “There are three games to go and I think we need one more point.“We will still do our best to win, but we have a good feeling and we start again for Leicester.“Everton were the better side with the way they played,” he added.“We had luck on our side, sometimes you need it and we needed it today. We scored two goals, they were not good, but they were very effective.”After a quiet first half from the Black Cats, the Dutchman said he changed tactics at half time, but the boss gave credit to his solid defence for the win.He said: “I changed it at half time with [Connor] Wickham and [Sebastian] Larsson, because Larsson needed to get more of the ball.“Some players were better last week, but some players like the back five, including the goalkeeper, all five played excellent.” Sunderland players celebrate 1last_img