Paolo Di Canio

Di Canio: Players were warriors

by Stuart Vose

Boss proud of players after derby win.

Paolo Di Canio hailed his “warriors” after leading Sunderland to a Tyne-Wear derby win at Newcastle.

Sunderland chalked up a fantastic 3-0 win at St James' Park to bag three vital points, not to mention local bragging rights.

Stephane Sessegnon scored in the first half before the visitors added second-period goals from Adam Johnson and David Vaughan.

I’m very proud of my players, they gave everything. They were fantastic – just perfect - they were warriors

- Paolo Di Canio

"I’m very happy for everybody at this club,” Sunderland’s head coach said afterwards.

"It’s great for the fans to be able to celebrate such a win – I’m very proud of my players, they gave everything. They were fantastic – just perfect - they were warriors.”

Di Canio notched a famous win in just his second game in charge but played down his own role afterwards.

And he says he’s already focused on the next game – against Everton at the Stadium of Light next weekend.

“I didn’t do anything other than give out my instructions from the dugout,” he explained.

“I don’t have time to celebrate now as this is just one step, there are more steps needed right up until the end of the season.

“I have to maintain focus and be fully prepared for the next game.”

Johnson and Sessegnon were both on the scoresheet and Di Canio was impressed with the pair as they caused Newcastle a number of problems.

And he felt his side did well to wrestle back the momentum having been unhappy with the start to the game.

“There were three fantastic goals,” he explained.  “Adam Johnson took his very well and he caused problems today as did Stephane Sessegnon.

“We know they are capable of that and they showed what they can do today with their goals.

“Newcastle were very good in the opening 20 minutes; we played far too deep but we got the better of them and ultimately deserved to win 3-0."

He added: “It’s a special day for the fans.  They were louder than Newcastle fans today and they have made me very proud.”