Sunderland defender Billy Jones has told the Chronicle he feels the club have no choice but to knuckle down and try to forget the FA Cup defeat against Bradford last weekend.
The result has been hanging over the Black Cats in the build up to their Premier League clash against West Brom this weekend, as they look to put three points on the board and try to get moving in the right direction.
“I think you just try and forget about it as soon as possible, learn from it if there are things to learn from, to help you in the next game and just knuckle down in training, concentrate on the game plan for beating West Brom come Saturday,” he said.
There are lessons to be learned from last week and messages that Gus Poyet is likely to have been stressing in training for the Black Cats this week.
The side have to start the game positively and defend in a determined manner.
If the team conceded the first goal against West Brom, they’re automatically chasing the game which will be difficult because the team’s confidence is likely to have been affected by recent defeats.
It’s also important the team fine tunes in terms of quality across all areas of their side.
The midfield has to protect possession well and the attack has to be ready and deadly in terms of taking any half chances.
The only way Sunderland can improve the belief and mentality of players and fans is to string wins together, which give the side momentum and cause them to play with more of a spring in their step.