Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Survival's More Crucial Than Derby; Derby Heroics All Hush in Camp

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Survival's More Crucial Than Derby; Derby Heroics All Hush in Camp

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PAOLO Di Canio has not mentioned Sunderland's derby day heroics to his players once since Sunday - - and is telling the squad to consign the memories to the past in a bid to secure survival, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

The Black Cats are on a high after their remarkable 3-0 defeat of Newcastle at St James' Park, but Di Canio is preaching a message of moving on at their Cleadon training base.

As usual, he was the last person out of the training ground on Monday night - - officially clocking out at 12am. That is the clearest indication yet that he is putting the work into back up his bold assertion that this is just the beginning of something for his buoyant Black Cats. Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback (left) revealed that his sole attention has been on beating Everton on Saturday, and it is an approach that has curried favour with the Academy graduate.

He believes that the derby win will count for absolutely nothing if Sunderland fail to make the most of the 'leg up' it has given the club. "The manager hasn't mentioned the derby once," he said. "As soon as we left the dressing room at Newcastle, all he has done is talked about Everton.

"That's the type of manager he is - - he's not going to sit back and bask in the good things that have happened in the past, he's looking straight ahead and that's what we need to do. "We're still in a difficult position and we need to make sure we get out there and push ourselves out of trouble. If we ended up going down, I'm sure the fans wouldn't be looking at the derby win with any pleasure. They want us to make sure that we stay up.

"The vital thing is to keep the momentum going now. It was such a great win for us, but we're still only three points off the bottom three so we can't get carried away. We have to leave that now and look to Everton and make sure we get something there, otherwise we'll be dragged straight back in. …

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