Papy Djilobodji thinks Sunderland will give the fans what they want

Sunderland's Papy Djilobodji gets shown a yellow card by Lee Mason

Sunderland's promising run was halted after they were well beaten by Swansea City at the weekend.

Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji thinks the side will stay up this season despite returning to the foot of the table, the Shields Gazette reports.

The Black Cats were on a good run of three wins from four games to move themselves within striking distance of climbing out of the bottom three, but a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Swansea City means they return to the place they have occupied for much of the season so far. 

Djilobodji, however, seems determined to reward the Sunderland fans with another season in the top flight.

Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson heads the ball past Sunderland's Papy DjilobodjiSwansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson heads the ball past Sunderland's Papy Djilobodji

He is quoted in the Shields Gazette, saying: “We have to stay strong, we have to stay together to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.

“We don’t need the negativity because we have the people behind us, the fans of Sunderland, they are every supporting us, they were at Swansea.

“We need them all season and I think we are going to give them what they deserve.

“They deserve the team to stay in the Premier League and we are going to work to do that."

Sunderland's Papy Djilobodji in action with Hull City's Robert SnodgrassSunderland's Papy Djilobodji in action with Hull City's Robert Snodgrass

Sunderland have shown in recent weeks they are capable of stringing some good performances and results together that can get them out of trouble, but a vulnerability still remains which was shown in the defeat in at the Liberty Stadium.

The key now is for David Moyes's side to bounce back, but they could not have a more difficult game than a Chelsea side that has won each of their last nine games and currently sits top of the Premier League. 

The Black Cats have shown they are capable of good performances and results. If they manage to bounce back from the weekend's disappointment by ending the winning run Antonio Conte's men are currently on, then that will give their season a real shot in the arm. 

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