Oatway suggests Defoe will have a big say on destiny of Sunderland

Sunderland coach Charlie Oatway says he hopes Jermain Defoe can give the club's fans something to cheer about.

Sunderland coach Charlie Oatway has told the Sunderland Echo the club is doing everything possible to give the club’s supporters something to cheer about.

Oatway has urged caution as the side go about their bid to avoid Premier League relegation and has also identified who he sees as the key player for the Black Cats in terms of firing up the attack.

“If you don’t beat the teams down there with you, you deserve to go down,” he said.

“We’ll be set up to make sure we get results, but it isn’t going to be easy, hence us being in the Premier League.”

“With Jermain coming in, hopefully he’ll be able to cross the t’s and dot the i’s by putting the ball in the net - Hopefully that will happen and the crowd will have something to cheer about.”

Sunderland’s mentality is going to be very important over the rest of the season.

Manager Gus Poyet and Oatway have to work hard on getting the side to believe they have what it takes to secure wins and vital points in big matches over the rest of the campaign.

While Defoe has been identified as someone who can have a big say on the team over the rest of the season, it’s important he isn’t left to bear the pressure of the attack on his own.

Every Sunderland player has to step up and do their job whether it’s a midfielder trying to be creative or a defender putting in a last gasp tackle.

The fans will want to see genuine hard work and honest effort from the side. If the players produce just that, they should be in good shape to avoid the drop.

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