Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has said that he is relieved to have gotten a win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.
The result ended a run of five games without a win in the Premier League for the Black Cats.
“I’m relieved after that, it was a game we really needed to win and it was important that the players took responsibility,” he told SAFSEE, Sunderland's official website reports.
“There were occasions today where we didn’t play our best, but we did something we’ve not been able to do for a while - we got the first goal and that goes a long way in settling everybody down.
“When Villa scored we stuck at it and didn’t let our heads drop, that’s not just the players, but the fans too. They got their reward at the end, seeing Jermain Defoe score two goals at the right time.
“I thought we were solid at the back and we took chances when they fell to us and that’s critical. This is the first game we’ve won without a clean sheet, which is important to us, because we can’t always expect to win a game by keeping a clean sheet.”