Sunderland's Jack Rodwell explains how many wins now needed for survival

Sunderland, Newcastle United and Norwich City are all fighting to stay up.

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell says the club are targeting four more wins between now and the end of the season in order to preserve their Premier League status, the Mirror reports.

The Black Cats currently find themselves in 18th position in the Premier League table, two points behind Norwich City and one point ahead of North East rivals Newcastle United.

Sunderland have arguably performed the best of the three in recent weeks, yet late goals conceded at both Southampton and Newcastle have seen the drop valuable points in their bid for survival.

Speaking to reporters on their current situation, Rodwell feels his side can’t afford to drop any more points as they now target four victories from their remaining eight league matches.

“We probably need four wins out of eight games now. We are capable of doing it. But we have to stop conceding in the last ten or 15 minutes,” Rodwell explained.

“There are plenty of positives but we are in exactly the same position as we were last season. We do need to start collecting more points.”

“We can’t just play well for 70 minutes 85 or 89. We can’t just look at it and keep saying we played well. It’s not enough. We have to play for 95 minutes.”

Sunderland have struggled to keep clean sheets all season, with their last shut-out coming way back in November as they recorded a 2-0 home win over Stoke City.

Sam Allardyce highlighted their defensive vulnerability after the Newcastle draw, suggesting his side must score at least two goals in order to pick up maximum points as a result.

The Wearside club have a game in hand on Norwich above them and with five of their remaining eight games to be played at the Stadium of Light, staying up is still in their own hands.

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