Allardyce after massive Sunderland win: “We’re the favorites now”

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Sam Allardyce‘s history of never leading a team through relegation looks to be alive and well, as Sunderland beat Chelsea 3-2 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Coupled with Newcastle’s failure to score in a draw against Aston Villa, the Black Cats are in the driver’s seat for 17th place in the Premier League.

[ RECAPS: Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea | Villa 0-0 NUFC ]

The Magpies have a home match against Spurs left, while Sunderland has two matches (home to Everton on Wednesday and then away to Watford). The Black Cats lead the Magpies by a point.

Here’s Big Sam:

“We’re the favourites now, Newcastle have been favourites all this week.

“Our destiny is in our hands and a win against Everton will secure our Premier League future. It will be difficult but we have an opportunity to achieve it, let’s hope we can.

“Since the turn of the year we’ve been so near yet so far from so many victories, but today, for a change, we’ve come from being behind twice and come back to win the game and it shows the character of the players.”

The Black Cats’ January infusion of talent and refusal to quit makes them the class of the Northeast right now, and the favorites to stay in the PL with neighbors Middlesbrough coming up to join them.