Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has told the Chronicle that he is not worried about the memory of a result earlier this season affecting the team against Southampton this weekend.
Sunderland were comprehensively thrashed by the Saints in the game at St Mary’s, losing 8-0 in one of the heaviest defeats for any team in the Premier League or Football League this season.
It’s understandable to see why the Black Cats may be a bit wary ahead of the contest at the Stadium of Light, but the Romanian shot stopper says the club have forgotten about it and moved on.
“The game down there was something unique. I think everyone has forgotten about it,” he said.
“It can happen in football. It’s not easy to take it, but this is football and sometimes you have to accept it. We’ve forgotten about it because we moved on.”
Sunderland would have definitely been hoping to avoid results such as that one against the Saints, with bigger ambitions than the situation the club currently find themselves in.
However, things have changed and the main focus will now be to stay up by any means and then build on things next season.
Since that result, the club have only lost matches by more than two goals on three occasions, which shows some sign of a mild improvement.
However, the main problem has been protecting leads and making the most of slender advantages in big games with only Burnley comparable in terms of the number of games won.
A good start is paramount this weekend against Southampton and then pressing that advantage home to help the team get out of the bottom three.