The King Power Stadium

Next Game

Leicester v S'land

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Johnson hails Di Canio impact

Adam Johnson says new manager Paolo Di Canio has given the Sunderland players confidence and believes the team will now go from 'strength to strength'.

Last Updated: 16/04/13 at 09:38 Post Comment

Adam Johnson: Sunderland winger says Paolo Di Canio has given players confidence

Adam Johnson: Sunderland winger says Paolo Di Canio has given players confidence

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Di Canio recently replaced Martin O'Neill at the Stadium of Light and has been charged with the task of keeping Sunderland in the Premier League.

The Italian presided over a stunning 3-0 win at local rivals Newcastle United on Sunday and Johnson has praised Di Canio's early impact.

"The manager gives everyone confidence in the team," said Johnson, who scored in the victory at St James' Park.

"He speaks to you individually and has spoken to me about things such as keeping the team's shape, as he wants it to be perfect. He believes if the team have a good shape then we'll score.

"Our shape on Sunday was excellent and we played off that. Newcastle just couldn't live with us when we attacked.

"I don't think there was a better way for the manager to win over the fans but they would probably have loved him anyway. Anyone with that amount of passion and love of the game is hard not to like."

The derby win lifted Sunderland up to 15th in the table and Johnson expects a fight to the finish in the battle for survival, with several clubs still in relegation danger.

The winger added: "When you look at the league table now it is not quite as scary as it was and we are hopefully going to go from strength to strength.

"There are a few teams that could still get dragged into the relegation fight.

"I don't think anyone down there can believe they are out of the woods, certainly when you look at the fixtures that are coming up for some of them.

"It won't be between Sunderland and Newcastle who goes down. There are a lot of teams that could get dragged into it. There are five games to go and a lot of points still to play for."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Barcelona sign Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid

Barcelona have announced a deal to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan.

Koeman: Utd Schneiderlin bid 'not serious'

Ronald Koeman says Southampton are yet to hear back from Manchester United since rejecting a bid for Morgan Schneiderlin that "wasn't serious".

Benzema facing uncertain future at Real

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly planning to play Cristiano Ronaldo as a lone striker in a move which could sideline Karim Benzema.

Mail Box

Van Persie: Really Expensive Wallpaper

He was bought to cover the cracks that nearly brought down the house, says one Man United fan. We also have mails on Brendan, the WWC, Aguero and...

Farewell Robin, You Were Wonderful

One Mailer looks back fondly at Robin van Persie's time at Old Trafford as he nears the exit. Plus Turkish delights, being inspired, David Ospina, handballs & decisions...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company