Ex-midfielder Don Hutchison explains why Sunderland should not be disappointed despite relegation struggles

Hutchison believes Sunderland are showing fight, even if they did fall into the bottom three.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Hutchison admitted that Sunderland will be disappointed at falling into the relegation places, but that they should be pleased in the knowledge that they are showing fight.

The former midfielder said: “Sunderland will have been scratching their heads at how they are in the bottom three despite a decent performance and a good point at Stoke. Results around them didn’t go for them but if you’re going to slide into that drop zone you at least want to do it with a bit of a scrap, which is what they did on Saturday.”

The Black Cats could register just one point in their game with Stoke, despite taking the lead early on through Connor Wickham. Dick Advocaat’s men were unfortunate to not come away with all three points after an impressive attacking display, but even a point against a Stoke side inside the top 10 should be praised.

This is where Hutchison is correct. Sunderland did not drop into the relegation places of their own will, as it was results which went against them, and they put in a performance which would have likely claimed the full three points against many of their relegation rivals.

They are well set to continue their fight for survival in the remaining weeks of the season, and although games against Arsenal and Chelsea remain, they would do well to keep up the recent performance levels to take points off Everton and Leicester.

Victories over those two teams are entirely reasonable, and six points will surely be enough to keep the team in the Premier League.

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