In 12 of their away fixtures played so far in the English Premier League, relegation threatened Sunderland have lost 10 and drawn 2 and the Black Cat’s midfielder Andy Reid is urging his team mates to alter this record.
Reid underlines his side’s poor form on their travels that have shoved them into an end-of-season relegation dogfight and insists that to escape the drop to the Championship, Sunderland need to improve their away record.
Andy Reid says:
We have to have that mentality home and away, and do the same things.
You might change your formation and tactically do different things away from home, but we still have to strive for the same outcome – and that’s when you play well you take your three points, and when you don’t play very well you grind out a point.
“We started quite well (at Portsmouth) in the first half but we never really looked like scoring. We didn’t keep the ball enough in the second half and cause them any problems and that was disappointing.
We have to have the mentality to get something out of the game and we didn’t, but we need to start picking up points away from home.
It was up to us to create chances and cause them problems but we’ve not looked like scoring and that was very disappointing.
We didn’t have enough possession, certainly in the second half, and when you don’t have the ball you have to do all the other side to the game and we didn’t do that enough, either.
So will Sunderland win their remaining 7 away games in the Premiership this season and stay safe? Or will they lose their last 7 away matches and go down? I would put my money on the latter option and so should you.