London - Sunderland's 3-0 win over local rivals Newcastle
United on Sunday has eased the pressure on the Wearsiders, defender Billy Jones
has said, adding that the performance could act as a catalyst for the rest of
Sunderland got their first Premier League win of the
campaign in their 10th game, lifting themselves off the bottom of the table in
It was also the first win under new manager Sam Allardyce,
who replaced Dutchman Dick Advocaat just eight games into the season.
Sunderland have now made it six consecutive derby wins over
Newcastle and Jones, who scored the game's second goal, said he hoped the win
would give his team some much-needed momentum.
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"It's huge for us. It's a derby game, so you want to
win to make it six in a row. You want to do it for the fans, do it for the club
and have the bragging rights," Jones was quoted as saying by the British
"But to get our first win of the season is massive and
we needed to get that pressure off ourselves.
"It's there for everyone to see, when you look at the
league, everyone is talking about it.
"Hopefully now we've got that first win, we can move
onwards and upwards, and get three points next weekend against Everton,"
the 28-year-old Englishman added.
Sunderland will hope to get out of the relegation zone when
they travel to face an out-of-sorts Everton on Sunday.
Following Sunday's defeat by Arsenal, the Merseyside club
have now failed to win their last three league games.For
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