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Poyet hails Wickham impact

28 April 2014 08:59

Gus Poyet praised the impact made by Connor Wickham as Sunderland continue to improve their prospects of ensuring Premier League survival.

The England Under-21 striker had spells out on loan at Championship outfits Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United earlier this season, but was recalled in March as Poyet sought to provide a spark to his squad.

The decision has proved to be a sound one, Wickham netting five goals in his past three appearances to help Poyet's men take seven points from games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Cardiff City.

In the latest of those matches, Sunday's 4-0 hammering of Cardiff, Wickham scored a brace of headers as Sunderland moved out of the relegation zone, above Norwich City on goal difference.

Poyet was full of praise for Wickham, and believes the striker could be the catalyst for securing the strugglers' safety.

"I said the team needed a shock, it is Connor, simple as that," he said.

"Today he scored two headers which is so important for a striker of his size.

"The first header, that technical action is (from) the top, top level, it's outstanding."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
27 April 2014
Game week
36
Kick-off
13:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
Venue
Stadium of Light (Sunderland)
Attendance
42397

Goals

C. Wickham 26'
(assist by S. Larsson) 
1 - 0
F. Borini (PG) 45'+1  
2 - 0
E. Giaccherini 76'
(assist by F. Borini) 
3 - 0
C. Wickham 86'
(assist by E. Giaccherini) 
4 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
5
16
27 37'
28
11
33
7 54'
14
10 26' 86'
31 45+1' 83'
Coach: G. Poyet

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
23 76' 76'
8 90+4'
26
2
17
30
32
# Player Bookings
36
9
39
6
15
32
42

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