DeAndre Yedlin explains which players Sunderland squad look to in bid to avoid drop

Sunderland are looking to pull off another escape to beat relegation.

Sunderland right-back DeAndre Yedlin has said he looks to the players who have experienced fighting relegation battles before in order to help the side get out of their latest scrap.

The Black Cats are currently four points from safety having played a game less than Norwich City in 17th place and there are players that remain from the last two seasons when the club twice fought back to retain their status in the top flight.

Yedlin is quoted in the Northern Echo, saying: “Those that have been through it before are definitely the leaders of the team.

“There are guys you look to a little bit and they've been great for that, especially Lee Cattermole. I think he's taken a big leadership role.

“They're the kind of guys you look to for guidance but you also have to look to yourselves. We know the situation and we know what we need to do.

“We've got to finish our chances and not concede goals. That's how you win games. To be broad, that's what Lee says.”

Not only will he look to Cattermole but John O'Shea, Vito Mannone and Sebastian Larsson have been around for the past couple of seasons, while Jermain Defoe and Patrick van Aanholt also featured in last season's campaign. Fabio Borini was also at the club on loan in the 2013/14 season and contributed a great deal to retaining their top flight status.

It is certainly an unfamiliar situation for Yedlin, who is currently on loan from Tottenham, and it is of little surprise that he says the side will look to the experienced players for guidance but everyone needs to do their bit in order to get the points required to stay in the division.

Some will say that Sunderland have played pretty well in recent weeks and have not got the points they deserve, meaning it is all the more important that those that have been in this situation before ensure that the side keeps their focus.

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