Sunderland manager Gus Poyet and Everton manager Roberton Martínez on the sideline at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

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Jonathan Walters  scores Stoke City’s  second goal during the  Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur  at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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  Steven Fletcher of Sunderland celebrates scoring the second goal against Stoke City   at Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters (3rd left) celebrates scoring his first  against Portsmouth in the Capital One Cup second round match at the Britannia Stadium.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Premier League Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa suffered humiliating 1-0 defeats against fourth-tier Burton Albion and third-tier Leyton Orient res(...)

Sunderland’s Fabio Borini celebrates after scoring  his side’s  second goal during the  Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light. Photo:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet celebrates with his players, including skipper John O’Shea (right) after the  Premier League victory over  Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photograph; Darren Staples/Reuters

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Connor Wickham  celebrates scoring his second goal with Sunderland captain John O’Shea  during the  Premier League match  at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

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Fabio Borini celebrates with his Sunderland  team-mates after scoring the winning penalty in the Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has not ruled out his side’s chances just yet. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manuel Pellegrini admitted Manchester City are mentally tired after Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland, the Premier League’s bottom team, a(...)

Connor Wickham of Sunderland scores his  second under pressure from Fernandinho of Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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