Date: 5th April 2015 at 3:02pm
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Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has ordered his players to treat today’s derby game as a cup final.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has ordered his players to treat today’s derby game as a cup final.

But that doesn’t mean that he thinks the game against Newcastle is anymore important than any of the others left this season, he wants all eight remaining games treated that way.

Advocaat’s first game in charge ended in the Black Cats unluckily going down 1-0 away to West Ham, now he wants his side to gain strength from that game and put a string of wins together starting with Newcastle on Sunday.

He told reporters: ‘At the beginning when I arrived, I talked to them about nine finals, and that’s the way it is.

‘The second final is Newcastle. I think we have to think about it in that way. It’s a very important game to show them what we can do, and if we can get the result we want, it will give them a lift again.

‘Last week, I was a little bit disappointed that we conceded a goal in the last minute against West Ham because one point would have been a good result there.

‘The players understand the importance of this game, and not only this game, but every game that will come in the next weeks.’

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