Costel Pantilimon: Sunderland will fight to the end

Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon insists that this side will give their all to beat Southampton.

Costel Pantilimon has promised that Sunderland will fight until the end against Southampton on the club's official website.

Sunderland were guilty of giving up against Southampton earlier in the season, when they lost 8-0, but Pantilimon has assured supporters that there will be no repeat of that performance at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

“Southampton are a very good team with a few good players so we are expecting it to be a tough game, but we are in a difficult situation so I’m sure we will fight until the end," he said.

Pantilimon's comments are sure to please his manager Dick Advocaat, as they echo the Dutchman's thoughts.

Advocaat had told the Chronicle earlier this week that his side need to give 100% commitment from now until the end of the season, and Pantilimon's claims suggest that the manager has got his message across successfully.

Actions speak louder than words, though, and it will be up to the Black Cats to prove their determination on Saturday.

Sunderland have been guilty of crumbling on too many occasions this season and it is imperative that they stop being so fragile.

At the moment the Black Cats are one point adrift of safety and with the games running out, it will be important for them to start piecing together results soon.

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