Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has taken to Twitter to admit Sunderland's 3-0 win over Norwich was a 'great result' - and urged Newcastle to take advantage.
Sunderland coasted to an emphatic win at Carrow Road, as Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore all found the back of the net to bring the Black Cats to within one point of survival and 17th placed Norwich.
The result was also a boost for Newcastle. The Magpies still sit six points adrift of safety, but a Norwich win would have made it nine points - a potentially impossible total for out-of-form Newcastle to recover from.
Today, Newcastle take on Swansea City in a huge game in their bid against relegation to the Championship, with Rafael Benitez still searching for his first win since replacing Steve McClaren last month.
Sunderland's win should be more than enough motivation for Newcastle to get a result against Swansea, as the Magpies will know that Norwich are still within touching distance - if they can pick up a win today.
After Sunderland's 3-0 win, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer took to Twitter to suggest it was a 'great result' for Sunderland - something which will be difficult to admit for Newcastle fans.
Shearer added that the door is now open for Newcastle to close the gap to safety, and sent a rallying message to his former club in a bid to inspire the Magpies to victory.
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