Saints game massive for Sunderland boss

Paulo Di Canio: Swindon v Aston Villa (Round 4)The home encounter with Southampton will be like the ‘Champions League final’, according to Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio.

The Black Cats were on the verge of a home defeat on Monday night after going a goal behind and having Craig Gardner sent off – he will miss the final two matches of the season – until John O’Shea equalised in the second half.

The draw means Sunderland move to 38 points, ahead of both Newcastle and Norwich on goal difference, although third-bottom Wigan can join them on 38 points if they win against Swansea on Tuesday.

Di Canio is looking to the Southampton game to ensure safety, and he said: “With 41 points we should be safe.

“This game at home against Southampton will be crucial for our destiny. We have to give everything to win this game.

“We are in a good position because we are at home.”

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