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Sunderland boss confirms team in relegation battle

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce admits his side are fighting for their Premier League survival following 13 league games without a win. The Black Cats are just three points off the relegation places and embark on a series of four successive home games, starting with Fulham's visit to the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

He said: "We have got to be realistic, we are in amongst the bottom lot, that's for sure.

"You can probably rule Stoke and Blackburn out of it now, so there are nine teams in there.

"But if we get a couple of results, it's a different issue. Then you start thinking about, 'Can we catch one of them?' Can we catch a Blackburn or a Stoke?'."

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