Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes his side will only get better after he masterminded a 3-0 derby victory over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Poyet took the Stadium of Light job in October when the Black Cats were bottom of the league and favourites to be relegated.

But after recording important victories against Manchester City, Everton, Fulham and Stoke, as well as a famous double over Newcastle, Poyet insists there is still room for improvement.

He told the Sunderland Echo: “I’m not trying to be too big, but I’m expecting us to get better.

“We have players who are desperate to play and that result will lift them a lot. That should help things get better.

“The best is still to come. I am not saying we are going to win 3-0 every week, but there is no reason why we cannot perform with this consistency now.”

The Uruguayan has put Sunderland’s recent success partly down to Adam Johnson’s run of good form that has seen him score six goals in his last four Premier League outings.

“Over the last month, Adam Johnson has been on another level, and that was a level we were missing,” admitted Poyet.

“That’s something Johnno has given us, that quality in the last third and with the last shot. We were missing that and we couldn’t score from two yards. But now we are creating chances and deserving to win games.”

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