Sam Allardyce tweet shows just how much survival and Sunderland fans mean to him

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The Black Cats manager says that he will remember the noise that greeted Jermain Defoe's winner against Chelsea for the rest of his life.

After his side secured a vital and euphoric win over Chelsea on Saturday, Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has voiced his amazement at the atmosphere generated by the Stadium of Light crowd on Twitter.

The Black Cats came from 1-0 and then 2-1 down at home to last season's champions to win 3-2 thanks to Jermain Defoe's winner and put themselves on the brink of being able to seal their Premier League status for another year.

Sunderland have made a habit in recent years of beating some of the top clubs in the final weeks of a relegation battle when they pressure has been at its most intense, such as two years ago when they won four of their final five fixtures including famous wins at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.

They repeated the trick on Saturday, turning a 2-1 deficit with 25 minutes to play into a priceless three points which has put them firmly in control of their own destiny.

Defoe admitted after the match that the noise which greeted his winner gave him goosebumps, and his manager has now said that he and his players will remember the roar of joy and relief from the Black Cats faithful for the rest of his life.

Allardyce tweeted: "The roar from the Sunderland fans when the 3rd goal went in on Saturday will be remembered for the rest of our lives! Bring on Wednesday".

Sunderland now look ahead to a home meeting with Everton on Wednesday in their game in hand knowing that victory would seal the double-whammy of their own safety and relegation for arch-rivals Newcastle United.

Even if Allardyce's side fail to win, Newcastle would realistically have to beat Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the season and hope that the Black Cats do not gain two points from the meeting with the Toffees and their clash with Watford to prevent the Wearsiders staying up in their place.

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