Sunderland striker makes honest admission about his side's win over Newcastle

Sunderland beat Newcastle United 1-0 on Sunday to secure three precious points in their bid to beat the drop.

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has admitted to the club's official website that his side did not dominate Newcastle United at the weekend.

The Black Cats picked up a 1-0 win over the near neighbours, which allowed them to claim local bragging rights, but Wickham insists the match was closer than many have suggested.

The 22-year-old believes that Sunderland made too many errors to have been entirely comfortable in the contest, but says he doesn't mind how their wins come about at this stage of the season.

“I wouldn’t say we dominated Newcastle because we had some sloppy places throughout the game, but that’s how we’re going to have to grind out results," he said.

“Whether we win - pretty football or ugly football - we’ll take three points.”

Despite Wickham's comments, Sunderland were rarely threatened by Newcastle and the attacker may be being kind on the Magpies.

John Carver's side were abject throughout the contest and they deserved nothing after rarely testing Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal.

It was a showing which highlighted all the deficiencies in Newcastle's squad, but Sunderland will have been delighted that they were able to take advantage of the struggles being endured by their rivals.

The Wearsiders have struggled in front of goal this season, but Jermain Defoe displayed the ruthless streak they have been lacking when he slammed in a wonderful volley towards the end of the first-half to secure his side a priceless three points.

It was a hugely important victory for Sunderland and it leaves them three points clear of the drop zone with just seven games remaining.

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