Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has insisted that Sunderland still have a long way to go and have to work hard to avoid the drop.

The 2-1 victory over Newcastle in the Tyneside derby has given everyone at Sunderland a lift, but Gustavo Poyet's side are still five points away from safety and Fletcher has urged the club to retain focus.

"We've still got a long season ahead of us," the Scot told The Sunderland Echo.

"But now we just want to take the momentum from the derby into the next game at Hull (on Saturday).

"We've been able to use the boost from Sunday in training this week.

"But we know it's not one game, we've got a lot of matches coming up and we need to take this into the next ones."

Fletcher scored to put Sunderland ahead in the first half before Newcastle equalised in the 57th minute. Just as the Magpies were looking more likely to win, substitute Fabio Borini, on loan from Liverpool, became the Black Cats' hero when he released an unstoppable winner from 25 yards.

The Scottish striker praised the unity shown by the team in a difficult match.

"Even when we were tiring, we knew we had a togetherness in the team and we were pushing each other," said Fletcher.

"I was getting tired, but Jozy (Altidore) said to me “come on”, and I was doing the same with him.

"That's what we needed to do and then Fab (Borini) came on and scored an absolute screamer."

Gustavo Poyet took the managerial reins on October 8 after Paolo Di Canio's departure following a catastrophic start to the season. The new manager will be hoping that the new-found team spirit will lift Sunderland up the table.  

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