Vito Mannone spells out what Sunderland must get right to beat the drop

Team-mate Jan Kirchhoff, who was outstanding in the middle of the park against Newcastle, also remains upbeat about Sunderland’s survival prospects.

He said: “We’re still above Newcastle and are two points behind Norwich having played a game less so it is still all in our own hands.

“We have to believe we can win most of our remaining games but as a team, we need to work on our intensity in the last few minutes.

“Good defending is always a mental thing and you have to stay focussed.

“In the derby, we lost just one big situation and Newcastle scored from it.”

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