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O'Neill: Sunderland one of many clubs battling to survive in top flight

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill admits the Black Cats are amongst a group of club's who are simply battling every season to remain in the Premier League. The Ulsterman said: "There are a number of teams who start the season and never contemplate anything else other than being in the big league, your Manchester Uniteds, your Chelseas, Manchester City and a few sides like that.

"There's a group of us and it's a fight, and it's a fight every single week until you have got the requisite number points on the board.

"Only then can you start looking up the table. But I think teams will always be looking over their shoulder until they get the points on the board and start winning some football matches."

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