Dick Advocaat demands effort from his Sunderland team

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat believes his side have a lot of quality in their ranks.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has told the Chronicle that his side can make things 'very difficult' for opposition teams, if they play with full commitment.

The Black Cats have been guilty of giving up in matches on too many occasions and Advocaat insists that mentality must change.

The Dutch manager feels that Sunderland have enough quality to stay in the Premier League, but says that alone is not enough and the players need to work hard if they are to get the required results from their remaining matches.

“We have the feeling here are good players, who have a good touch,” he said. “However, they have to work for their money.

“If you have commitment, like we did against Newcastle United and Stoke, then you can beat them. If we give 100% with the quality we have we can make it very difficult for teams.”

Sunderland's heavy defeats to Crystal Palace, Southampton and Aston Villa have highlighted their fragile mentality, but that can no longer be on display.

Advocaat's men are under pressure to start showing the quality that they have in their squad, and have little time remaining in which to save themselves.

The Wearsiders are currently in the bottom three and with just five games remaining they have to start collecting wins at a rapid rate.

Their first chance to move away from the drop zone comes this weekend, when they take on Southampton, with three points likely to be enough to get their head back above water.

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