Sunderland deserve Premier League survival, says Borini

Sunderland beat Chelsea 3-2 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Sunderland deserve to stay in the Premier League, striker Fabio Borini has told BBC Sport.

The Black Cats took a huge step towards survival on Saturday afternoon as they beat Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

In a sensational turnaround, they came back from being 2-1 behind at half time as goals from Borini and Jermain Defoe saw them pick up all three points.

That result took them out of the bottom three at the expense of rivals Newcastle United, as the survival race goes down to the wire.

As far as Borini is concerned though, it is his side who deserve to avoid the drop.

"We have to do it this week. We have the focus, we don’t have negative thoughts of relegation, we only have positive thoughts’” he told BBC Sport.

“We know how important it is to stay in the Premier League because of all the TV rights and Sunderland as a football club and city deserve to stay in the Premier League."

Sunderland now know that their survival is firmly in their hands as they play a game in hand against Everton in midweek.

They will be hopeful of getting the result they need with Everton not having anything left to play for this season and several of their stars surely eyeing the Euro’s this summer.

They hardly have the best record against the Toffees though; having managed just three wins in the last ten times they have met in the Premier League.

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