Jordan Pickford suggests positive Sunderland can take from Burnley draw

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

Sunderland went into the international break off the back of a draw against Burnley in the Premier League.

Sunderland's Jordan PickfordSunderland's Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford has suggested that Sunderland can take heart from the fact that they were creating chances during their goalless draw with Burnley on Saturday, the Sunderland Echo reports.

The Black Cats would have gone into the contest surely feeling that the clash against the Clarets was the perfect game to go into the international break off the back of a win as Sean Dyche's men have only collected three points on the road all season, and are yet to taste their first away win. 

However, the two teams played out a stalemate at the Stadium of Light to leave Sunderland seven points adrift of safety with just 10 games left to pull off another great escape.

But while the fans may be fairly despondent about the result, Pickford suggested that the side can be pleased about how often they created openings.

Sunderland's Adnan Januzaj looks dejectedSunderland's Adnan Januzaj looks dejected

“We had a few good chances missed, but, on the plus side, at least we’re creating those chances," he said, as reported by the Sunderland Echo.

“We couldn’t convert them, but we’ve got to keep strong and keep believing in ourselves.

“We’ve got to weather the storm sometimes as a team, we knew their work ethic, they’re just going to keep coming and coming, they’re never going to back off.

Sunderland manager David Moyes looks dejectedSunderland manager David Moyes

Sunderland managed to have 14 attempts against Burnley, but only put five on target throughout the game (via BBC Sport), and it is clear that scoring goals is proving a major issue.

Only six players have scored for David Moyes' men this season, with one no longer at the club. Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe are the only members of the current squad to have found the back of the net more than once.

And if they do not improve that statistic considerably following the international break, then they will surely have little chance of staying up this term.

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