No safety tonic for Gordon yet

BY foxsports • March 22, 2010

The Black Cats had dropped alarmingly towards the bottom three just a few weeks ago following a run of 14 games without a win. But they have returned to form of late and further boosted their survival hopes on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Birmingham, as a number of the other struggling sides lost. Gordon, who produced a tremendous performance to restrict Blues to one goal, is satisfied with Sunderland's position. But with eight games of the Premier League season remaining, Gordon knows there is still a lot of work to do to beat the drop. "It was a good weekend for us. We got the win and pretty much all the other results went for us," he told the Sunderland Echo. "We've put a fair bit of distance between ourselves and the bottom three, but it's definitely not all over. Things can change very quickly so we have to maintain our focus and feel we have a job to do. "The picture is a lot better than it was a month or so ago, but we can't relax yet." Gordon admits it was pleasing to pull off several good stops against Birmingham, while he was most satisfied to keep out Christian Benitez's close-range header just before half-time. "I wouldn't mind being on a save bonus because I'd have a healthy pay packet after the last couple of games," he joked. "It is nice to play my part for the team. You expect to have a couple of games like that in a whole season when everything seems to come off for you, and for me it's happened in successive games. "I think the first-half save from the header was the pick of them - I just managed to get enough of a fingertip on it to push the ball onto the bar. It's pleasing."

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