PAOLO Di Canio dedicated a stunning derby victory at Newcastle to his late mother after Sunderland enhanced their prospects of Premier League survival.
The former Sheffield Wednesday striker celebrated on his knees as the Black Cats romped to a 3-0 win at St James’ Park yesterday, their first in enemy territory in 13 years and just their second anywhere in 17 attempts.
A priceless triumph ended a run of nine league games without a victory and lifted the club three points clear of the relegation zone.
Di Canio said: “Can I tell you something?
“Before the kick-off, I saw the face of my Mama smiling. Exactly yesterday, it was one year since she passed away.
“Exactly one year ago, there was the same situation. I was in the dug-out the day after she passed away and we won the game - I was at Swindon - and today, it has happened again. For this, I have to thank not only my Mama, otherwise my Dad - he is next to her, but today, he is going to be upset. My dedication goes to her.”