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Advocaat hopes to complete mission

Published 13/05/2015

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat, right, has overseen 10 points from six games
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat, right, has overseen 10 points from six games

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat is hoping to finally complete his survival mission on Saturday after twice having to re-assess his top-flight safety target.

The 67-year-old Dutchman arrived on Wearside in March believing six or seven points from the remaining nine games of the campaign might be enough to keep the club in the Barclays Premier League.

However, Saturday's 2-0 win at Everton took his tally to 10 points from six games and the Black Cats are still not mathematically safe heading into this weekend's showdown with form team Leicester.

Advocaat, who has spent much of his managerial career competing for trophies, told SAFSee: "I would still prefer to play at the other side of the league because this is still a little bit frustrating in that we have to fight so hard to stay in.

"We thought that with six points, we had enough, and now we have 10 points and we still need three points, so hopefully we can do that on Saturday."

That would provide a successful conclusion to a second remarkable escape in as many seasons, and Advocaat admits he is at a loss to explain why the club has struggled in recent campaigns.

He said: "It's a great club with a great stadium, the facilities at the training ground are brilliant, so in that way you can see that this club deserves more than the bottom, where they have been the last four years."

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