Stadium of Light

Next Game

S'land v A Villa

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 1 - 1 S'land

Tuesday, 03 March 2015, 19:45

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."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd yet... Jermain Defoe is still going to pronounce himself gobsmacked when he learns he hasn't made the England squad for the Euro qualifiers.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

W

e could release Diaby and then re-sign him when nobody else does and he would literally be like a new signing.

john matrix
The Machine Gossip

W

e pay the living wage, living wage, living wage, and that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it!!! Wooo ohhhh ooooohh

hump3.
All Premier League Clubs Should Be Paying Living Wage

Footer 365

Louis van Gaal denies bust up with Man Utd assistant Ryan Giggs

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hit out after he was asked about his relationship with Ryan Giggs.

Roy Hodgson says Harry Kane is ready to play for England but may have to wait

Roy Hodgson says Tottenham striker Harry Kane is ready to play for England but says it is not a certainty he will be called up.

Papiss Cisse faces seven-match ban after admitting FA charge

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse faces a seven-match ban after admitting an FA charge relating to Wednesday's spitting incident.

Mail Box

Have To Trust Managers On Mata

It's all very well bemoaning the lack of action for Juan Mata, but we have to trust the judgement of Van Gaal and Mourinho. Plus Martinez Out, and Leicester are doomed...

Should Gerrard Get In This Liverpool Side?

Never mind the long goodbye, should he actually get back into this excellent Liverpool side playing with pace? Mostly we talk Manchester United, though. It's good...

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