Former Newcastle United midfielder Jermaine Jenas has explained to BBC Sport why he was impressed with Sunderland’s performance at the weekend.
Sunderland failed to win yet again in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, as they played out a 2-2 draw with West Ham United at the Stadium of Light.
However, the Black Cats’ performance was much better than in previous weeks, and they even went 2-0 up by 22 minutes.
Eventually Sunderland had to settle for a share of the spoils, but former Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur star Jenas was still impressed with the shift put in by the players.
"I saw a completely different side to Sunderland on Saturday,” the former Nottingham Forest star told BBC Sport. “They were very positive and progressive. No-one was hiding.
“When they lost the ball, there was a different reaction, no-one had their head down. It was a side to them that we have not seen this season, so it was all positive on this occasion.”
The match against West Ham was Dick Advocaat’s last in charge of Sunderland, who are looking for a successor to the Dutchman at the moment.
The Black Cats are currently second from bottom in the Premier League, and the new manager will have a lot of work to do.
However, if the players show the commitment and energy they displayed against the Hammers on Saturday, then the new boss would find it a bit easier.