Gus Poyet has told the Northern Echo what he feels is the only thing that matters against Queens Park Rangers this evening.
Sunderland head into the game as favourites and the boss feels the job of the side is to prove that they deserve that tag.
“It feels good! It will be strange in a way because we will not have been favourites at home for many weeks,” said Poyet.
“In this game we need to make sure everything is normal. If it is true we are favourites, we need to go and prove it, nothing else.”
Sunderland have the chance to attack and play more free and creative football this evening against a side, which is on the ropes and without a permanent manager.
Confidence will be high at the club after a good win against Burnley was backed up with a positive point in the game against Swansea.
Another win could move Sunderland up a place higher in the table, putting further distance between themselves and the bottom three.
Poyet has a big role to play ahead of the game this evening in terms of preparing his players to live up to that favourites tag.
It will be interesting to see how they react and adapt during the game, if QPR dig in and show a determined mentality which is aimed at holding out to try and scrape a result.
A good performance would also do the fans some good and would show that Sunderland can perform in games where they are favourites as well as underdogs, effectively for the rest of the season.