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Sunderland secure top-flight status with away win against Fulham, bring on Newcastle

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Sunderland effectively ensured they will be playing Premier League football again next season with an impressive 3-1 win at Fulham, who will now need a most unlikely turnaround in their form and fortunes to avoid relegation.

Sunderland (13th) are now 10 points clear of Bolton (18th) and with 5 games to go, it’s hard to see Sunderland fall behind either Bolton or Fulham (19th and 12 points behind).

Goals from Danny Collins, Michael Chopra and Kenwyne Jones secured a rare away win for Roy Keane’s side and lifted them to 13th spot, just 2 points behind a resurgent Newcastle United side.

Fulham, for whom David Healy found the net, were left second from bottom, six points adrift of Birmingham, the side occupying the last survival slot, with five matches to play.

Now the objective for Roy Keane’s men must be to keep up their momentum and believe that they can overtake Newcastle United ahead of them. They probably can’t, but then at one stage this season being 13th in the table looked unlikely as well.