It may not have been pretty, but new Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill got off to a winning start in his first game in charge of the Black Cats.
Despite trailing Blackburn Rovers for much of the game, goals in the last ten minutes from David Vaughan and Sebastian Larsson saw the North East side claim a much-needed win that means they are now two points clear of the drop zone.
O’Neill’s men have now gone out to 9/2 to be relegated following the late drama at the Stadium of Light.
Things couldn’t be much different for Steve Kean and Blackburn who are still entrenched in the relegation zone and their negative second half performance defeat will be a big concern to Rovers’ supporters.
They are now odds on at 4/5 to be relegated from the Premier League and, based on their performances so far this season, that will be hard to back against.
Meanwhile, Swansea City – who lost 4-2 at Ewood Park last weekend – have gone out to 2/1 to be relegated following their 2-0 victory against Fulham.
Wigan remain the favourites for the drop at a tiny 2/5 even following their come-from-behind victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
But, it’s Bolton who currently have to most to worry about after yet another defeat, this time against a hardly-flying Aston Villa.
Owen Coyle’s men succumbed 2-1 to Alex McLeish’s side and are rock bottom of the league and four points from safety.
There are plenty of teams still in the mix for relegation though and even teams like Norwich – who are currently in ninth and seven points off the drop zone – could easily find themselves pulled into a survival scrap.
One thing is for certain though – Sunderland look far more likely to avoid relegation under O’Neill’s stewardship.