Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce was quick to praise his side for their “extraordinary” comeback as they overcame Chelsea on Saturday to improve their chances of staying in the Premier League.
The Black Cats, now priced at 6.00 to be relegated, were trailing 2-1 at half-time after Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic scored either side of a super strike from Wahbi Khazri.
With the pressure on, Allardyce’s men responded in front of their raucous home crowd at the Stadium of Light.
Two goals in under three minutes from Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe then changed the game and Sunderland were able to pick up all three points and move out of the relegation zone.
The Wearsiders will now face Everton, thumped 3-1 by champions Leicester on Saturday, in midweek and a victory will ensure they stay in the Premier League, with Allardyce quick to praise his troops for their spirited win.
Allardyce told Sky Sports: “It was extraordinary and nerve wracking. A wonderful comeback and result, particularly in the circumstances.
“Our destiny is in our hands and a win against a very good side Everton will secure our Premier League future.
Hopefully we can achieve it, it will be difficult but we have an opportunity to do it.
“We will be a little bit nervous and we will need the fans to get behind us like they did today to push us over the line.
“We knew this game was a sellout and the fans really played their part.
The atmosphere was electric and it has brought the best out of our players.”