Monday 21 January 2019

Cats need to push on up the table says Brown

Wes Brown is urging Sunderland to build upon a stubborn start to the season to ease themselves up the Premier League table.

The Black Cats remained winless this term but recorded their third draw in four outings when they fought back twice to hold Tottenham 2-2 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

It was perhaps their least convincing performance of the season to date, but Brown is confident the grit and determination they showed to drag themselves back into a game which looked to be beyond them can serve them well as they prepare for next weekend's trip to promoted Burnley and the home clashes with Swansea and Stoke which follow.

The former Manchester United defender said: "We have got a good bunch of lads here. We know what's expected.

"We have got to try to start winning a couple of games, but if we keep showing the desire that we showed in the last 15, 20 minutes and maybe do that at the beginning of the game - because it started very difficult for us - maybe we can get better results."

Sunderland fell behind with less than two minutes on the clock when Nacer Chadli followed up after goalkeeper Vito Mannone had beaten away Emmanuel Adebayor's shot, but were back on terms almost immediately as Adam Johnson embarked upon a scything run and finished with aplomb.

They regained the lead within three minutes of the restart when Christian Eriksen stabbed home from close range, but they failed to build upon it - although Lamela was denied a third goal by the crossbar - and Sunderland responded again.

Gus Poyet's men were level with eight minutes remaining when substitute Harry Kane inadvertently turned Jordi Gomez's free-kick into his own net.

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