Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

A bit of luck could see Sunderland reach safety

Ricky Sbragia will ignore today’s Barclays Premier League fixtures even though they could plunge Sunderland into the relegation zone.

Victories for derby rivals Newcastle over Fulham and Hull at Bolton could put the Black Cats back into the bottom three before they run out at Portsmouth on Monday evening.

By the same token, poor results for the teams currently in 17th and 18th places in the table respectively could leave the Wearsiders all but safe.

Asked if he will have one eye on events at St James’ Park and the Reebok Stadium, Sbragia said: "No, not really.

"At 5.00pm I will, but not during the day. I will be training, I will probably be here most of the time.

"Hopefully, all the results go for us and they all lose. That will be ideal for us and then on the Monday, we will know exactly what we need to get. It might only be a point.

"Portsmouth could be safe if the other results go right, so maybe in hindsight, the Monday night has been decent for us."

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