Former England man stars in Poyet's 'best day in football'

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Sunderland made history with a 3-0 win in the Tyne-Wear derby on Saturday, with one man in particular impressing.

Records tumbled on Saturday afternoon as Gus Poyet guided Sunderland to yet another 3-0 win over fierce rivals Newcastle.

Not only did Poyet become the first Black Cats boss to do the double over the Magpies since 1967, he also guided his side to a club-record third win against them in a row.

And the Uruguayan was under no illusions as to how big an achievement it was after the game.

“[This is] one of the best days I’ve had in football, as a manager, no doubt,” Poyet told reporters.

“Of course the three points are the most important thing. I don’t know how many people were expecting this but I’ve been telling you for a few weeks that we were getting better and especially away from home we are a difficult team to play against.

“You need to be strong but at the same time be relaxed to play the football that we want to play - and the players, they are enjoying it, so all credit to the players, they were outstanding today.”

No wonder the Sunderland boss is in such high spirits - his side are now 12th and have a Capital One Cup final at Wembley on the horizon.

But as much as the Black Cats are looking to many sources for inspiration, there is one man in particular who is leading their charge towards success.

Indeed, former England winger Adam Johnson has scored seven times and registered two assists in his last seven appearances. He was at it again yesterday as he netted Sunderland's second and generally impressed in a performance that showed his counterparts in black and white how to thrive in the final third.

Such is Johnson's form, in fact, that the phrase "former England man" may soon have to be dispensed with. Calls for an England recall have been faintly voiced this season already, with most critics demanding more consistency from the 26-year-old if he is ever to re-enter the international fold.

The goals continue to come, however, and so too the strong displays. So for both Sunderland and Johnson, there may be no limit to their rise in the near future.

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