Sunderland defender Billy Jones has told the Northern Echo that he’s got no problems with anyone writing his side off.
Jones has suggested that the Black Cats could benefit from other sides writing off his team’s chances of staying in the Premier League because it stinks of complacency on their part.
“By all means let people write us off. All that will mean is that they’re in a comfort zone, thinking they’re already safe, and assuming that Sunderland are done for. As a player, last year, if I’m honest, I know I thought exactly the same (when he was at West Brom),” he said.
Sunderland have a very difficult run of fixtures, which sees them play Southampton, Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea as well as facing Leicester City in front of their own fans.
The side are deep in the middle of a battle to stay in the Premier League and if the team can benefit in those fixtures from less pressure, that should work in favour of the team.
If everyone writes the team off and they go down, it’s what everyone expected, but if they fight and upset the odds, they can throw the pressure onto other teams over the final weeks of the campaign.
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat will stress a message of one game at a time, but it is very important the club tries to give themselves a bit of a cushion considering the back-to-back games against Arsenal and Chelsea in the last two games.