Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats on the Rise - Jones

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats on the Rise - Jones

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS

KENWYNE Jones reckons the Sunderland "sleeping giant" is finally awakening from its slumber.

Against a physical Burnley side the striker played a big role in helping the Black Cats notch a third straight home victory, a win that takes them to within four points of their tenth-place target.

It also confirms beyond all doubt that the club will play in the Premier League again next season - three games before the campaign ends.

Twelve months on from staying up on the final day of the season that represents decent progress and Jones feels the club is "on the up". "Last season it went down to the last day and, even though we have had a blip, you can see the progress that has been made," he said.

"Last year and the year before it went down to the final weekend or so, so it feels nice to know that we are definitely safe now, with three to play.

"You can see by the quality we have in our team that we are not that far away from the top ten. …

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