Higginbotham insists Sunderland better than relegation fodder

Sunderland defender Danny Higginbotham is confident they can lift themselves away from the dropzone.

Despite defeat on Saturday at home by Blackburn Rovers, Higginbotham said: "I've been at Derby and Southampton in this league, but this club feels completely different.

"The atmosphere is completely different to be honest, it feels like a club that's on the up, instead of the threat of relegation.

"I really think we've got something that we can build on here. There's a positive attitude everyone has around the club. We'll do well this season, I really think that. Everybody is learning, but the most important thing is that we do it quickly."

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