As reported by Sunderland Echo, Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has commented on the pressure facing him ahead of the club’s relegation battle in the coming months.
Supporters of the North East club are gradually starting to feel more and more confident as we move into the business end of the campaign, with their dramatic 3-3 draw at the weekend giving them renewed hope of yet another survival miracle.
“No disrespect to Burton, but we are Sunderland and the fact we are in the bottom three is a huge story,” said Coleman.
“People keep looking at you all the time and saying, ‘whoa, they’re in the bottom three – wow’.
“People outside of Sunderland look at you with a smirk on their face because we are such a big club, we were in the Premier League year and now we are fighting against back-to-back relegations.
“The pressure on us in a relegation dogfight is a bit different to one or two of the others. But that is because we represent Sunderland.
“The whole point of coming here is the history of the club, it’s a big club, and you have to accept the responsibility of representing Sunderland.”
Nobody really gave Sunderland a chance of coming away with anything from the game at Ashton Gate last weekend, but even at 3-0 down, they didn’t give up, although the same cannot be said for their official Twitter account.
The comical title of ‘Bristanbul’ has been awarded to their phenomenal comeback, and while they only gained a point, that kind of result can do wonders for a team’s confidence after having your back against the wall for such a long period of time.
Up next they will face winnable games against Brentford and Bolton Wanderers, before hosting local rivals Middlesbrough in what could be one of their biggest games of the season.