Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) October 22, 2015
The Sunderland players were training on Thursday ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle United at home this weekend.
The Black Cats will take on Newcastle in the Premier League at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen, who joined Sunderland from French club Rennes on a season-long loan deal in the summer transfer window, is looking forward to the clash.
Getting ready for the big game Sunday. https://t.co/44gPE9Xy9e— Ola Toivonen (@OlaToivonen20) October 22, 2015
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce looked intense on Thursday, as he oversaw his player’s training alongside his new assistant Paul Bracewell and first-team coach Robbie Stockdale (see photos above).
The Black Cats are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just three points from nine matches, five points behind 17th-place Bournemouth.
Sunderland will head into Sunday’s match on the back of a 1-0 defeat to West Browmich Albion away from home at The Hawthorns in the league on Saturday.