Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink claims Sunderland's fans played important role in vital role

The Black Cats took a big step towards Premier League survival with a dramatic victory.

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink believes that Sunderland's supporters played a key role in the Black Cats' sensational victory that lifted Sam Allardyce's men out of the relegation zone, the Sunderland Echo reports.

The home side twice came from behind to win 3-2 to bag the three points that took them above Newcastle and left them knowing that a victory over Everton on Wednesday will guarantee their Premier League survival.

And Hiddink believes that those in attendance at the Stadium of Light were vital in inspiring the side to show the fighting spirit they need to drag themselves out of danger.

"They were very well supported by their crowd to help make the win, this was a huge win for them," he told the Echo.

While there were undoubtedly frustrating moments in the game for the home supporters - conceding a second goal shortly after equalising would have probably annoyed the fans more than anything - they predominantly stayed on the squad's side, and that gave the players the belief that they were capable of turning the game on its head.

And with their destiny still in their own hands, Sam Allardyce will be hoping that the supporters can play a similar role when they come up against the Toffees in midweek, and perhaps inspire the team to the points they need to secure their safety on the penultimate game of the season for the third consecutive year.

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