The English midfielder said: “We’ve had 15 draws and it’s funny because sometimes you’d almost take a point in the Premier League. You go home and think it’s okay because we drew.
“We’ve never really had that panic where we’ve got to the stage of losing four or five games on the spin. That’s where the worry comes into it.”
Sunderland being in with a chance of relegation has been something of a sudden occurrence this term. It was clear from the beginning of the season that they were never going to scale the heights of the top of the Premier League table, but they never looked in danger of falling out the top flight.
They secured respectable draws with the likes of Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea, but it is the inability to win which has cost them. The Wearside club have a joint lowest four Premier League victories, and a league high 14 draws.
Having drawn so many ties could be seen as a good thing, but an inability to win games is remarkably vital. They may pick up points against big teams, but they end up wasting that progress by losing to teams below them.
They never looked in fear of relegation at the beginning of the campaign, but having yet to pick up the victories, it has now crept up on them, and it would not be a surprise to see them knocked down to the Championship at the end of the season.