Fabio Borini says Sunderland have been in worse situations

Fabio Borini

Sunderland forward is confident his side can avoid relegation again.

Sunderland forward Fabio Borini has said the side should not be written off yet in their fight for Premier League survival, despite a dreadful start to the season which has seen them win one of their opening 12 games. 

As it stands, the Black Cats are 19th in the Premier League, four points adrift of the safety zone and have already had to change their manager with Sam Allardyce taking over from Dick Advocaat. Despite getting a derby win over Newcastle United, Sunderland have suffered a 6-2 hammering at the hands of Everton, and a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton.

Borini, however, remains upbeat. He's quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “Every little point we can grab home or away, against big or small teams is good.

“The points gap doesn’t play on our mind – we have been in worse situations.

“(Bournemouth’s defeat) keeps everything tight and it is far from finished.

“The Newcastle result wasn’t good for us but it at least makes it tighter.

“If Bournemouth had won, we would have needed more points to catch them up.”

There is still plenty of time for Sunderland to turn things around as we have yet to reach a third of the way through the season, and a couple of wins for them could lift them out of the danger zone if other results went their way.

The problem is despite their new manager coming in, the same defensive errors remain at the club. The catalogue of errors on display at Everton - though there was some encouragement going forward - and the needless penalty given away in the defeat to Southampton.

It's another season of anxiety for Sunderland's fans who have now become accustomed to their side starting the season terribly and leaving it all to do in the latter stages of the season. Whether they can end up avoiding that relegation trap door again remains to be seen.

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