Paolo Di Canio pays tribute to Sunderland players after derby win

Paolo Di Canio felt his Sunderland players performed like 'warriors' as they claimed a 3-0 derby victory at Newcastle United.

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Sunderland now sit three points clear of the drop zone, but Di Canio concedes that there is still a lot of hard work to be done if they are to preserve their Premier League status. He added: "We have to celebrate, but after tonight look to recover our energy. "We scored three goals, but before we scored the first goal we gave them a chance to score. We have to avoid that. That has to be the philosophy for now until the end of the season and for the future. "This is only one result. In terms of the result for this area, it is an incredible step. But in terms of the table, it is only a small step to try and get this club out of the relegation zone. We have to be intelligent because the main job is not done."

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