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Di Canio continues to hold Sunderland players accountable

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has told his players not to lose focus despite reaching safety - or he'll cut their summer holiday entitlement. "We still have one game to go and we have to make sure that we perform well because I don't want us to finish fourth-bottom.

"Even a draw would mean that potentially we could finish six from the bottom.

"We need a new mentality.

"I told my players this morning that I won't accept any unprofessional behaviour.

"What happened at Villa Park [when Sunderland lost 6-1 against Aston Villa] was not acceptable.

"I told them that we can win or draw [at Spurs] - or lose with dignity, respecting the club's name and the fans that will follow us at the game.

"Otherwise I will reduce their holiday. I will give them only the minimum I can give them, which is four weeks - 28 days, instead of probably 38 or 40.

"Because in some way we have to start a change of mentality.

"Just because we fell into a trap at Aston Villa, I don't us to fall into the same trap again.

"I'm sure that four or five individuals don't need this kind of situation, but the others need to know that there are rules - that's how we will change the mentality, or else we will have to use a punishment in some way.

"I will use any method to change their mentality."

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