SUNDERLAND’S Black Cats are a new animal in the aftermath of Paolo Di Canio’s arrival.
If Sunderland win at Aston Villa on Monday it will be the first time the Black Cats have recorded three league wins on the bounce this season.
In fact it will be the first time it has occurred since January last year, when wins over Swansea, Norwich and Stoke under Martin O’Neill virtually ended Sunderland’s relegation worries.
Derby hero David Vaughan reckons no-one should be too surprised if the Black Cats did go on to make it three straight wins in new manager Paolo Di Canio’s first four games.
“It’s going to be a very difficult game but it feels like we’ve got momentum after our last two wins,” he said.
“You can feel how the mood has changed inside and outside the club on the back of those wins.
“The belief and confidence in the squad has definitely improved in the last few weeks.
“We can see that the things we are doing on the training pitch are working, so we have a belief in the system and really want to keep it going.”