DAVID Vaughan believes one more win would keep Sunderland up this season - and he’s hoping it comes against Aston Villa on Monday.
Managers and players are notoriously guarded about suggesting points totals in case predictions come back to haunt them.
But the Sunderland midfielder thinks the traditional 40-point safety target in the Premier League is likely to hold firm this season.
And if the Black Cats can win one of their four remaining games – against Villa, Stoke, Southampton or Spurs – they’ll reach that magic number.
“Do I think one more win will keep us up?” he said. “Yes, I think it almost certainly will.
“If we beat Aston Villa on Monday there will be a six point gap between us, there’ll be a gap between us and Wigan and maybe one or two others.
“So I do think reaching 40 points will be significant if we can do it.
“It will make it difficult for other teams to catch us, with games running out – especially as our goal difference is good compared to a lot of other teams.”