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It is now or never, says Defoe

25 Apr 2017
Sunderland v Middlesbrough

Sunderland striker calls for character in tonight's crunch derby match at Middlesbrough

Jermain Defoe says tonight's "must-win" Wear-Tees derby against Middlesbrough is the perfect opportunity for Sunderland to show their character in the race to avoid relegation.

“It is a must-win game but it isn’t easy away from home against our neighbours," the striker told safc.com as the Black Cats look to close the 12-point gap to 17th-placed Hull City.

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“It is tough, especially when you have not been getting results, the confidence won’t be sky high but at the end of the day that is when you have to show your character - it is as simple as that." 

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