Mannone claims Sunderland will meet testing run of fixtures head-on

Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone says the Black Cats' next three Premier League fixtures will see them reveal their battling character.

Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone says the Black Cats' next three Premier League fixtures will see them reveal their battling character.

The Black Cats' next three games will see them travel to Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

"We came back from a situation where everybody was thinking we were relegated and dead, and we've put ourselves in a situation where we can fight. That's what we need to do again."

He told the Sunderland Echo: "We are in a situation where we need to win games or at least draw them.

"We came back from a situation where everybody was thinking we were relegated and dead, and we've put ourselves in a situation where we can fight. That's what we need to do again.

"Any game in front of us is an important one to get points from and we will try our best. We're not fearing anybody and that's the mentality.

"It will be a test at Man City (on Wednesday), but a good one for us, even if they are really strong at home.

"Everybody agrees they are scoring goals for fun and we will need to be at our best to defend really well and do something attacking.

"It's going to be a tough game, but it will put something in our minds of what we're going to do in the final."

 
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