Relegation fight is not over yet, warns Sunderland legend Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn
Niall Quinn

NIALL QUINN has warned that there could be more twists to come in the relegation battle, despite Sunderland moving out of the bottom three.

Sunderland took a huge step towards Premier League safety last weekend after victory at Everton propelled the Black Cats two points clear of the drop zone.

It’s unbelievable down there and there will be nerves jangling

Niall Quinn

Hull fell into the bottom three after a damaging home defeat to relegated Burnley, with Steve Bruce’s side now facing the daunting task of realistically needing to win one or both of their final two games against Spurs and Manchester United.

Despite ending a run of eight consecutive defeats with a draw against West Brom, fourth bottom Newcastle remain in the thick of relegation trouble too.

But ex-Sunderland chairman and striker Quinn believes the final relegation spot still remains up for grabs.

Quinn said: “Hull have got Spurs first and they were no great shakes last weekend. There’s a bit of hope there.

“It’s certainly not over yet.

“Newcastle got a draw and everyone is thinking that’s it, but they need to put in a second performance because if Hull do get a result, Newcastle are by no mean’s safe.

“It’s unbelievable down there and there will be nerves jangling.

“Football has a way of throwing up unbelievable things in these situations.

“It must be so tough on Steve Bruce at the moment.

“He’ll be going through the horrors a little bit, but it’s not over yet, so don’t be surprised if there’s another twist.”

Quinn believes it was Sunderland’s win at Goodison Park which has turned the drop fight on its head though, as the Black Cats recorded their first away win of 2015.

With Sunderland heading to Arsenal and Chelsea next week, and facing a huge tussle against Leicester this Saturday, the former Republic of Ireland frontman says the three points on Merseyside could prove to be a pivotal moment.

“On the morning of the fixtures, it looked as if Sunderland had a really tough day,” added Quinn on talkSPORT.

“Newcastle were in a bit of free-fall, you wondered if Leicester could keep this thing up.

“But Hull? Yes, they were playing a team who were virtually relegated and would get three points.

“But the whole day turned on some astonishing performances, and none more so than Sunderland.

“For Sunderland to go to Everton and get the points at this stage of the season was huge - bearing in mind the games they have left.

“Leicester is a huge one this weekend, but after that it’s Arsenal and Chelsea.

“It’s very difficult for Sunderland, they have to hope they can get something against leicester and hope too that Hull don’t do it.”