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Gordon: Sunderland lay down a marker with Blackpool result

Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon claimed the Black Cats responded in the best possible manner following Darren Bent's shock departure, by winning 2-1 at Blackpool. "Beating Blackpool was a statement from us to say we're not going to let it affect us," Gordon told <>BBC Newcastle.

"We're capable of bigger and better things with this club and we wanted to show we're still a strong team."

Gordon continued: "We're going to continue doing what we've done so far this season and try to finish it off as strongly as we can."

Meanwhile the Wearsiders' exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Notts County earlier this month has given Gordon and his team-mates an extended break before the visit of Chelsea on 1 February.

"We're a little bit thin on the ground as far as the squad's concerned, so it will give a few of the boys a chance to get back," said Gordon.

"It'll give those players who are out with medium-term injures a chance to get a bit nearer to fitness, and the one or two who are just about back a chance to get back into things and back into training before the next game."

 It's all kicking off again! Click here for the No1 coverage of Sunderland's winter market transfer news.

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