We compile the best photos from Sunderland's training session today.
The Sunderland squad have been snapped in training today ahead of their game against Stoke City at the weekend.
The Black Cats take on the Potters still searching for their first three points of the campaign and they know that they cannot afford to wait too much longer.
Sunderland left themselves on the back-foot last season when their failure to gain points over the opening of the season meant that only a miraculous finish saved them from the drop.
Although it hasn't been that bad this time around - thanks to a number of draws - Gus Poyet's side must start turning one point into three and the players seemed determined to do that in training today.
In the gallery Poyet can be seen giving instructions to Lee Cattermole, who could consider himself unlucky not to be named in the England squad after good form in the opening months of the season, and the players were also put through a number of drills.
Sunderland have already taken on Stoke once this season, in the League Cup, when the Potters ran out 2-1 winners and the Black Cats will determined to avoid a repeat of that result this time around.
Here are the best photos from their session today.