Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Borini: Always Believe You Can Win; Borini: We Showed We Never Give Up

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Borini: Always Believe You Can Win; Borini: We Showed We Never Give Up

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SELF?BELIEF was the key to Sunderland's derby victory, according to match-winner Fabio Borini, writes STUART RAYNER.

The Black Cats went into the game against Newcastle United bottom of the table, with only one point from their opening eight Premier League games this season.

Striker Borini kicked off the game on the substitutes' bench without a goal for the club, and with only one top-flight strike in 20 appearances. But Sunderland showed resilience and belief lacking from their football this season and were rewarded with Borini's 84th-minute winner.

"I always believe good things are going to happen to me in a game," said the former Chelsea and Liverpool forward.

"The main feature of my game is that I am always willing to shoot and to try and I will never give up, even if my team is 4-0 down. I had a feeling the night before the game that something could happen and I told Vito Mannone, my friends and mental coach.

"There is a text on my phone that says I will score the winner in a 2-1 result.

"It will give me a lot of confidence and I hope it does the same for the team. I believe in myself." In Sunderland's previous two games, against Manchester United and Swansea City, the Black Cats started well, only for their confidence to visibly ebb once their opponents scored second-half goals. The pattern threatened to repeat itself at the Stadium of Light on Sunday. Sunderland took an early lead through Steven Fletcher's header, but surrendered it when Mathieu Debuchy was gifted a routine tap-in after 57 minutes. "We talk about things after every game," said Borini.

"When we have conceded goals in the past we have talked about it. On Sunday it didn't happen, we didn't concede any more after the first one and we have to look forward now to the next game. "We showed that we never give up, unlike in the previous matches. …

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