DeAndre Yedlin says Sunderland need to be stronger and have more grit in relegation fight

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Sunderland are fighting for their Premier League future.

Sunderland defender DeAndre Yedlin has been speaking to the Shields Gazette following his side’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at the weekend.

The Black Cats headed into the most important Tyne-Wear derby for years knowing a victory would have eased the pressure of a relegation scrap at the Stadium of Light. However, Jermain Defoe’s opener was ultimately cancelled out by Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic to ensure it was as you were with time running out.

Norwich City’s victory the previous day means both Sunderland and Newcastle could slip into the second tier come May, but Yedlin – who is currently on loan from Tottenham Hotspur – has challenged his teammates to show the fight required to secure their top-flight status.

“I’m not sure what it is for us,” Yedlin told the Gazette. “Maybe it comes down to the mental side and being a little bit stronger and having a bit more grit.

“But the next games are important, especially the next two which are at home.”

Yedlin lost his place in Sunderland’s line-up earlier in the campaign, yet the USA international has started the club’s last five matches and seems to now be first choice ahead of the much maligned Billy Jones.

Next up for Sunderland is a huge match against West Bromwich Albion, before they welcome league leaders Leicester City to the Stadium of Light eight days later.

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