Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes that his side are currently halfway to completing the great escape and avoiding relegation.

Many had written off the Black Cats a matter of weeks ago, but back to back positive results against title chasing Manchester City and Chelsea – whom they beat at Stamford Bridge – have seen the Wearsiders move to within three points of safety with a game in hand.

Should they match the results of the teams around them and claim a vital win in their extra fixture, Sunderland will move out of the drop zone on goal difference and maintain their top flight status.

Poyet’s men face fellow strugglers Cardiff on Sunday and could really boost their bid for safety by beating the Bluebirds.

The Uruguayan says that his side have been in decent form of late, but he maintains they must maintain their performances to steer clear of the drop:

“It’s been a good week, yes, it’s true.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“They are human beings, normal people who were very down because of the situation, and then in four days, everything changed.

“Now the idea is, with all respect, we have done something very special, but let’s say half of the miracle. The other half, we still need to make.

“This world of football has given us another chance and it’s time to take it because we have left it so many times, it would be a shame if we don’t do it now.

“If you believe in yourself, depending on where you play and against whom, you will always have another chance. Football always gives you a chance.”

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