Rose calls on Sunderland players to show more fight

Sunderland wing-back Danny Rose has called on teammates to stand up and be counted.

Sunderland wing-back Danny Rose has called on teammates to stand up and be counted.

Rose, on loan at Sunderland from Tottenham, knows something needs to change quickly if the club is to avoid slipping into a similar situation to the one which prompted Steve Bruce's departure and Martin O'Neill's arrival a little short of a year ago.

He said: "Even at the weekend, we were disappointed in how we had lost the game and last night was a game we wanted to win and we thought we could win.

"It was always going to be difficult with a team who have just got a new manager because they will get an extra 10, 20 per cent buzz around the team and the confidence builds up, and it was difficult.

"But nobody can afford to hide now, We need 11 fighters on the field and seven fighters on the bench who are willing to come on and help us.

"We have got a great team spirit and we are just waiting for our luck to change."

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