Sunderland have become something of draw specialists this season, with eight ties registered in just 13 games.
Despite only winning two of their fixtures this campaign, Gus Poyet’s side sit firmly mid-table, three points away from the relegation zone. A run of four games without defeat has seen the Uruguayan coach recover from the mini-crisis suffered by the Black Cats earlier this term - when 10 goals were conceded in just two games - and the Wearside club enjoyed an impressive 0-0 draw against unbeaten Premier League leaders Chelsea at the weekend.
They face Manchester City on Wednesday evening, and should they record an unlikely victory against the current champions - something done for the past four seasons - the Black Cats could move into the top half of Premier League table heading into the weekend.
Many have been impressed by Poyet’s rejuvenation of the side in recent weeks, and Sunderland legend Niall Quinn - who enjoyed a six-year spell at the Stadium of Light at the end of the last century - praised the former Chelsea midfielder’s running of the side.
“Gus has definitely brought something very valuable to the party,” the Irish pundit told the Sunderland Echo.
“It was difficult circumstances that he got the job in and it looked for all the world that the club was heading down.
“This season, I have been really impressed with the response following the Southampton debacle and they are trying to play the right football.
“At times, it looks really good.”
However, Quinn - known as a prolific striker during his playing career - is keen to see the Wearside club improve in front of goal, with wins more important than draws in the search for top flight survival. They have scored just 12 goals in their 13 games so far - the third lowest in the division - and the former Irish international hopes that goalscoring in worked on in the coming weeks.
He added: “You would hope they could score more goals now, that is the next thing.
“That doesn’t happen overnight though.”