Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has hit back at his former boss Harry Redknapp in comments covered by the Northern Echo.
Redknapp recently suggested that the Black Cats were the worst team in the Premier League and destined for the drop down to the Championship, backing Burnley and Leicester City to put up a fight over the remaining games.
However, Defoe feels the side are playing some good football and showed enough in Dick Advocaat’s first game in charge against West Ham, for them to be confident of staying in the Premier League.
“We’ve got eight games coming up and the manager has told us they are all cup finals, which is right because we need to get points,” he said.
“If we continue to play like we did against West Ham we’ll be fine. We created a lot of chances, had good movement, we were solid and defended well.”
Sunderland are under pressure to turn around their poor form and to claw themselves up the table and away from danger.
As things stand the side are just one point above the drop zone and two points away from Hull City and Aston Villa just above them in the table.
As Defoe suggests, there were positive signs in the game against West Ham and Advocaat now has some extra time to work out where the Black Cats need to refine their efforts over the rest of the season.
Defoe could well be the man who scores the goals, which get the side out of trouble and he also has the extra motivation of proving Redknapp wrong, having played for him earlier in his career.