Matthews hoping recent result can help restore Sunderland's belief

Adam Matthews of Sunderland blocks a cross from Lee Holmes of Exeter City during the Capital One Cup Second Round match between Sunderland and Exeter City at Stadium of Light on August 25,...

The Welsh right-back missed the 3-3 draw against Bristol City, but hopes the comeback can restore some belief in the Sunderland squad.

Adam Matthews of Sunderland blocks a cross from Lee Holmes of Exeter City during the Capital One Cup Second Round match between Sunderland and Exeter City at Stadium of Light on August 25,...

Adam Matthews, 26, is nearing a return to full fitness having missed out on Sunderland's emphatic recovery against Bristol City, which saw them cancel out a 3-0 deficit to earn a point as Ashton Gate. 

The Welshman's return is a boost for compatriot Chris Coleman who prefers his full-backs to push forward, something that has suited Matthews since Simon Grayson's dismissal. 

The returning right-back is hopeful that the comeback last weekend will be able to restore some mental toughness among the squad and re-establish some feeling of belief when it comes to relegation survival. 

A chilling statistic was revealed following their Bristol City efforts, which confirmed that the Black Cats are yet to win a game this season in which they have been the first to concede. 

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland walks to the changing rooms at the end of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Sunderland at St Andrews on January...

Despite a generally torrid season of football for Sunderland, Matthews told the media that he has still enjoyed his time at the club and was full of praise for his former Wales boss Chris Coleman. 

According to the Sunderland Echo, the 26-year-old said: "We showed in the last 25 minutes [at Ashton Gate] that we can be a good team, but we can’t just do it in little spells, we have to do it for 90 minutes.

"I think it is just belief really, you have to not panic. It has happened a lot this season, conceding a couple of goals in five minute spells.

"I've enjoyed all my time at Sunderland but obviously this year has been a little bit different and hopefully I’ve changed a lot of people’s opinions.

"I think he’s [Coleman] been brilliant, you can see the change in the team. For the most part we’ve been a much more solid team, we can be more threatening going forward but hopefully we can find the balance."

The right-back could return to face Brentford this weekend as the Bees make the trip to the Stadium of Light on Saturday. 

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