Revealed: the secret to Poyet's Sunderland survival 'miracle'

It’s unquestionably a case of chicken and egg, but Sunderland’s great escape from the Premier League drop zone is partly because Gus Poyet has fielded a consistent starting XI over the last month.

Indeed, the midweek victory over West Brom was the fifth consecutive game where Poyet has named the same side – a feat no other Premier League team will match this season – and the fifth consecutive game where Sunderland collected a positive result. Following a draw away at Manchester City, four victories on the bounce have seen them leapfrog Cardiff, Fulham, Norwich, West Brom, Hull and Aston Villa, and into 14th place.

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