SUNDERLAND defender Nedum Onuoha has urged his team-mates to finish the season off in style.
Last weekend’s thrashing of Wigan saw a collective sigh of relief being breathed on Wearside as the Black Cats ended a barren nine-game spell without a victory.
While the win dispelled any notion of the club potentially going down, Onuoha states that as far as personal pride goes, the players should be striving to push on for a top-ten finish starting with Fulham’s visit to the Stadium of Light this afternoon. He said: “From here on in, we have 12 points to play for and you never know, we could win all four games. We have to be ambitious because one win is not enough.
“If we want to finish in the top ten then we have to beat the teams around us and Fulham are one of those sides.
“To sit back and just play out the remaining four games until the end of the season is completely the wrong way to look at the situation. You have to be ambitious. To win one and then take your time over winning another game is not the right way of going about things. We have a squad of players who want to win every game and that is what we will be aiming to do.”
Meanwhile, Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is not yet celebrating Premier League survival and hopes to make sure of it with a win over Fulham – even though some familiar faces will not be on the pitch.
He said: “We are not over the finishing line yet but ask bottom teams if they would take 41 points, I’m pretty sure they’d say ‘Yes’. Thankfully the Wigan win has given everyone a lift and boost to show we can win a game again. Last week doesn’t mask over our problems in the game and large spells were like ‘here we go again’ but thankfully we managed to cope against Wigan.
“A big special part was the supporters, they were as good as they have been since I came here.
“There will be a few out injured for Fulham. (Asamoah) Gyan, (Danny) Welbeck and (Fraizer) Campbell will obviously not make it, and David Meyler will not be involved either. I can’t see Kieran Richardson making it, and John Mensah is no better than 50-50. It’ll probably be a case of going with what we went with in the second half of last weekend’s game.”