Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Caat Has Got Cats Tails Up - Wickham

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Caat Has Got Cats Tails Up - Wickham

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Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk

CONNOR WICKHAM says Sunderland is a club "revitalised" and handed a "new lease of life" by both Dick Advocaat and Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby win.

However, the Black Cats striker has warned his team-mates they must sustain their newfound momentum, "make it count" and ensure they continue to pull away from the relegation zone.

The Wearside outfit stand 15th in the Premier League table with seven games remaining.

Victory over Newcastle United has left them three points above the bottom three - with a game in hand on QPR - but only four behind West Bromwich Albion and just six short of the Magpies.

Wickham says Advocaat has instilled in his squad a sense of positivity, consistency and a clarity of information about how he expects his players to function.

Putting it into practice, the Sunderland star says his side face in-form Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light on Saturday respectful of but refusing to "fear" the Eagles.

Wickham said: "Yeah, it's a big game for us because of the position we're in.

"It's so tight down at the bottom we can pretty much catch the next three or four clubs ahead of us.

"It is not going to be easy against Palace but we know what we need to do and there is a new lease of life about the team. When we go out on to the pitch I think that's going to rub off and hopefully we'll do the job. I think since the Turn to Page 44 Wick says Cats have new lease of life now FROM BACK PAGE manager's come in he and his staff have been positive with the boys.

"Training has been good, we're working on things every day and the manager's telling us what he wants us to do. There's a consistency to the team, which helps. "It's not going to be easy but we did it last year, so as disappointing as it is to be near the bottom and in the scrap again we need to adapt and make sure we don't get dragged further into it. …

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