Dick Advocaat: My Sunderland squad still have to learn this important lesson

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Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has been left frustrated at his side's tendency to fall apart after going behind.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has told the club's official website that his team have to start showing more desire to come back after falling behind in matches.

Advocaat saw his team capitulate after conceding against Crystal Palace in their last fixture and feels that it is an unfortunate habit they seem to have picked up.

Advocaat says that his Sunderland squad needs to realise that they still have a chance in matches once they have conceded, and has suggested that they need to show more fighting spirit in their upcoming games.

"We still have to learn, even when you go 1-0 behind, you can change the game," he said. "We forgot to do that against Crystal Palace, but this is a different game, a new game. We know that there is only six games to go and we can show that we want to stay up. I have a feeling that the players are really up for it, so hopefully we can show something on Saturday."

Sunderland have had two weeks off after their 4-1 defeat to Palace and will realise that they can ill afford any more slip-ups this season.

The Black Cats are just one point above the drop zone at present and desperately need to start piecing some positive results together if they are to escape from trouble.

Their confidence does appear to be low at the moment, though, and that is hardly surprising given their struggles over the course of the campaign so far.

Sunderland have the joint-lowest number of victories of any team in the top-flight, with their total standing at just five, and unless they can find the winning habit between now and the end of the season, they could be in serious danger of being a Championship side in 2015/16.

Sunderland face Stoke City this weekend and another defeat in that fixture could see them drop into the bottom three.

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