Shay Given reacts to Sunderland survival, Newcastle relegation

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Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given believes Sunderland are worthy of staying up.

Sunderland blew Everton away to clinch Premier League survival, and send rivals Newcastle United tumbling to relegation.

Norwich City were also relegated as a result of Sunderland's victory, with Sam Allardyce maintaining his record of never being relegated from the Premier League, despite the Black Cats being in a precarious position when he took over and spending most of the season in the drop zone.

A 3-2 win over Chelsea at the weekend gave Sunderland the chance to stay up with a home win over Everton, as Newcastle failed to beat Aston Villa.

It means the relegation places are all sealed before the final game of the season, and former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given believes the league table does not lie.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Sunderland deserve to stay up, it's 38 games and Newcastle have not been good enough. You've got to give Sam credit."

There is one game remaining of the season and there is nothing to play for at the bottom, much to the relief of Sunderland, who can relax ahead of their final fixture away to a dangerous Watford.

 

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