Lee Cattermole has told the Sunderland squad they need to believe the club can escape relegation trouble.
The Black Cats midfielder delivered a decent display in Swansea but too many of his colleagues didn’t. A combination of low confidence, lack of concentration and being stuck in a mediocre rut seems to have swept over the Wearsiders and with just one point from their first eight games, they are in serious danger of being cut adrift.
Cattermole felt the performance at Swansea was good for 45 minutes - before the familiar hard luck story.
He said: “I think after the first half you could see our shape looked good and I don’t think Swansea had a shot, which was brilliant. There were times we broke on the counter and a great strike from a corner we worked on – when you’re at the bottom you find things don’t go your way.
“Just after half time Bardo missed a good chance and if we could have just gone in front and had that bit of hope but it didn’t happen – at the moment it’s not happening but we need to stick together and set the standards in training and help each other along.
“Every week you go out thinking we can do it this week and we’re working really hard, but then you’re out there and it’s a different situation and it goes in off someone’s thigh.”
Now Cattermole is telling the rest of the team to stop feeling hard done by. He said: “We need to keep going – I believe it can turn and I’m sure the other players do, if they don’t they better start believing.
“We’ve got to work hard, the manager’s come in and we need to play the way he wants us to. That’s why the club have appointed him. You’ll see changes in the team and we need to be patient and hope it’ll turn.
“All we can do is give our best – we really appreciate the support we’ve had from the fans, especially coming all the way down to Swansea - I know it’s a long way - believe me the players are just as frustrated as they are.
“We’ve got a good few weeks ahead of us to work together as a team. We know we’re in a fight and we need to pick some points up quickly.”