Sunderland defender Billy Jones has explained to the club’s official website why a trip to Tottenham Hotspur should hold no fear for Gus Poyet’s side.
The Black Cats are due at White Hart Lane on Saturday for what promises to be a testing Premier League examination.
Spurs may have come unstuck at Crystal Palace last time out, but that setback was their first in seven top-flight outings.
In contrast, Sunderland have gone four without a win to sit one point above the relegation zone.
Jones, though, is convinced that they can leave north London with a positive result this weekend, with Poyet’s men having already taken points off Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool this season and held Spurs to a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light in September.
He told the club’s official website: “We have got to look back at the games where we took points from Manchester United, Chelsea and of course Tottenham, because we have already shown that we can compete with the top teams and we can take great confidence in that.
“One thing that was evident when Tottenham came to the Stadium of Light was that they’re a very good team, but we did really well that day and worked incredibly hard to seal a positive result.”
Jones will be hoping to play a leading role in the capital after enduring an injury-ravaged start to his time on Wearside.
He joined as a free agent over the summer, after severing ties with West Bromwich Albion, but has been restricted to just seven appearances.
The versatile 27-year-old is, however, back to full fitness and setting his sights on the securing of a notable scalp.