Costel Pantilimon sends message to Sunderland teammates

Costel Pantilimon wants to see Sunderland hit a run of good form following victory over Newcastle.

Sunderland picked up their first three points of the season on Sunday, defeating local rivals Newcastle, and goalkeeper Pantilimon has urged his teammates to continue the good form when speaking to the Sunderland Echo.

The goalkeeper said: “One win is not enough. We have to continue like this. We have to learn from the past, to be more focused and concentrate on the next game. It’s important for the group to have a good run now.”

Pantilimon played a key role in the victory over Newcastle, making two important saves from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum to keep his clean sheet - Sunderland’s first of the season.

That clean sheet not only helped the Black Cats to victory, but it would have also increased the confidence across the Sunderland team that they have a defensive ability many doubted that they possessed.

Sam Allardyce has played a key role in improving this defence, and Pantilimon has urged his teammates to now go out and continue this run of form, and pick up a series of good results.

They still sit in the relegation places, and the Black Cats now face a run of games which are sure to be tough. Allardyce’s men take on Everton, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Stoke in November, all games that could seriously end in defeat.

However, Allardyce has had an impact, and the confidence at the Stadium of Light will be higher now than it has been at any other time this season. If Sunderland are going to go on a run of form as Pantilimon wishes, now appears to be the perfect time.

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