SAFC v Everton

Di Canio: Fans can be proud

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by Stuart Vose

Head coach sizes up first home game in charge.

Paolo Di Canio described the end of the win over Everton as one of his best-ever sporting moments.

The Italian tasted victory in his first home game in charge as Stephane Sessegnon’s goal secured a second straight win.

I’m very emotional – it was great to have the chance to celebrate together once again

- Paolo Di Canio

The final whistle sparked incredible scenes of celebration – and they weren’t lost on Di Canio, who said:

“It was an incredible atmosphere – it will go down as one of the best moments in my sporting life.

“I’m very emotional – it was great to have the chance to celebrate together once again.

“The fans can be very proud of the players today.”

Sunderland battled well throughout against an Everton side who have been pushing for a top-four spot.

Sessegnon gave them the advantage with a crisp drive from the edge of the box on the stroke of half-time before the hosts rode out Everton pressure to seal victory.

Di Canio was delighted with the work ethic but has reminded his side that their overall task is “not done yet.”

“They  were very disciplined and dedicated and used every last drop of energy out there on the field.  I can’t ask any more of them; they showed  great desire throughout,” he explained.

Today is bigger than last week, maybe not the same feeling or emotion, but in terms of the result – it’s very important step forward

- Di Canio on win

“There were some moments I didn’t enjoy, when Everton won the ball too easily, but we are working hard to stop these things and working hard to perfect ourselves.

“Yes, there was pressure from Everton but that’s typical in the Premier League, you have to expect that from teams.

“We have to keep going, the main job is not done yet but this result is a very big step in getting it done.”

Meanwhile the head coach reserved praise for his match-winner as Sessegnon found the net for the second successive game.

And, for Di Canio, victory over the Toffees – Sunderland’s first against that opposition in 12 years – is even bigger than the Tyne-Wear derby win.

“Today is bigger than last week, maybe not the same feeling or emotion, but in terms of the result – it’s very important step forward,” he explained.

“We know what [Stephane] Sessegnon can do with the ball; it was another great goal from him.

“The whole team were very organised and Sess played a great role in the team’s shape. He did a great job today.”