Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wear Up for the Fight, Says Goal Hero Gomez; Midfielder Vows Black Cats Will Give It Everything in a Bid to Avoid Drop

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wear Up for the Fight, Says Goal Hero Gomez; Midfielder Vows Black Cats Will Give It Everything in a Bid to Avoid Drop

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Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON

JORDI Gomez insists the battle for Premier League survival has only just begun with five teams fighting it out in the final three weeks of the season.

Bottom two Burnley and QPR cannot afford to drop another point, the Clarets needing to win their final three games to stand any chance,while Rangers are in almost the same scenario with even a draw leaving them relying on Sunderland to lose all four of their remaining games.

Realistically, both are doomed and that leaves the Wearsiders slugging it out with Leicester City, Hull City, Newcastle United and Aston Villa to avoid finishing in the third relegation place.

The Black Cats are a point from safety and have a game in hand of their relegation rivals but also have the toughest run-in with trips to Everton, Arsenal and champions Chelsea as well a crucial home game against Leicester.

Gomez said: "Anything can happen with these five teams so close together.

"There is another team in there now with Newcastle and you want as many teams as possible in there who are fighting to stay in the league. "We are going into every game to pick up points and hopefully we can do that again at Everton on Saturday.

"Everyone keeps going, so you do not know how many your points you will need.

"We just need to concentrate on ourselves, try to get as many points as we can and then we will see afterwards."

With Leicester winning against Newcastle and Villa triumphing against Everton at the weekend, Sunderland's game against Southampton at the Stadium of Light became a must-win encounter for the Black Cats.

They came good, Gomez converting two penalties to see off Ronald Koeman's Europa League hopefuls.

The win also went some way to avenging Sunderland's 8-0 humiliation on the South Coast earlier in the season. …

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