Blackburn Rovers win has not blinded Sunderland players to Premier League position

Keiren Westwood

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KEIREN Westwood insists a winning start to the Martin O’Neill era has not blinded Sunderland’s players to their league position.

A first win in six against Blackburn Rovers last weekend lifted the Black Cats out of the relegation zone and instilled some much-needed confidence in a side struggling to hit the heights of last season’s 10th placed finish.

But Sunderland remain just two points clear of the bottom three ahead of this weekend’s daunting trip to fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have racked up five successive top flight victories at White Hart Lane.

Westwood hailed the win against Blackburn as “massive” but knows O’Neill’s men must maintain the momentum from the keeper’s first win in a Sunderland shirt.

The Republic of Ireland international said: “We needed a win against Blackburn whether it was a different manager in place or not.

“We should have won both the Wigan and Wolves games, it was a crazy 25 seconds at Molineux, so we should be higher up the table, we know that.

“We know we should have a better points tally.

“But the only way we can rectify that is to keep going and pick up as many as we can.

“It was a massive three points against Blackburn and the way we went about it, I don’t think anyone can say we didn’t deserve it.

“We battered them and we got our rewards.

“The manner of the victory was great as well, by winning it in the last minute. We were all delighted.

“I’ve heard a lot about the atmosphere up here and when there’s a big crowd, it generates a lot of noise. They had something to cheer about for a change.”

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