After tasting success in the Tyne-Wear derby at the weekend, the weight placed upon Gus Poyet's shoulders must feel a whole lot lighter.
Poyet arrived on Tyneside with the Black Cats sitting bottom of the league with a single point after eight games.
However, Fabio Borini's 83rd minute winner raised the roof at the Stadium of Light before lifting Poyet's side off the foot of the Premier League.
The Uruguayan tactician, who was sacked from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer, will be hopeful that the win over Newcastle United can kick-start his team's season, as they look to climb out of the relegation zone.
Poyet expressed his delight, as he spoke to the Sunderland Echo: “I am very happy for the players, absolutely delighted for the players because I know how much this match matters to everyone connected with Sunderland.”
The derby win will have made a big contribution towards winning over the Sunderland supporters, after they experienced yet another dismal display from their team in Poyet’s opening game at Swansea.
However, with a trip to the KC Stadium up next for Poyet’s side, the head coach will be eager to follow up Sunderland’s first win of the season with a repeat performance, when they come up against Hull City on Saturday.
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