Sunderland defender John O’Shea has explained in the Northern Echo that his team should have realised the need for urgency far earlier in the season.
The Black Cats are under real pressure near the bottom of the table and are playing with purpose under Dick Advocaat, which was lacking earlier in the season.
Sunderland take on Leicester City this weekend before two very difficult fixtures in their final two games against Arsenal and Chelsea.
“There is the realisation as well that the games are ticking down, so there is a greater emergency about the situation. You almost need to realise that earlier in the season to get yourself in to a more comfortable position to climb up higher,” he said.
Sunderland have a two point gap over the bottom three at the moment, which they will be looking to extend as quickly as possible.
O’Shea’s statement is a logical one but there hasn’t been any air of complacency over the team from earlier this year, which has affected them.
It was more a case of old manager Gus Poyet not being able to find the best system and the right combination of players to get the most out of his playing squad.
Advocaat has made some changes, which are designed to focus on Sunderland’s strengths with plenty of pace and experience in the side’s midfield and attack.
There is more attacking fluency about the team and that’s ultimately the reason the club have given themselves a chance of getting out of their current situation.