Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's All over for Us Now ( Kyle

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's All over for Us Now ( Kyle

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Kevin Kyle has admitted all he has left to play for this season is a new contract after giving up the ghost of saving Sunderland from relegation.

Saturday's 2-0 defeat to West Ham United left the Black Cats 16 points adrift from safety with 14 games to play and 24-year-old striker Kyle has become the latest to concede defeat.

"It's another game slipped away and that's more or less it for us now," he said. "I don't think anybody can argue with that, it's mission impossible.

"It's just one of those things."

The Scot believes Sunderland must now plan in earnest for next season and with his contract due to expire in May, he is keen to ensure he is part of those plans.

Kyle is edging his way back to fitness after a career-threatening hip injury. The Upton Park game was his third in eight days, having not tasted first-team football for 17 months prior to the FA Cup third-round defeat to Brentford and Kyle is now focussed on proving his fitness to manager Mick McCarthy.

"We've got to look for the future and try and prepare for next season," he added. "I need to get some games, get some fitness and get ready for next season.

"My contract's up this year so I've got to try and get another one and that's what I'm going to try and do.

"We've got 14 games (left this season) and we've got to put in the kind of fighting performance we did against West Ham to show the fans we are trying. Hopefully we can go down with a fight."

The Black Cats battled well against West Ham having been reduced to ten men by the 23rd-minute sending off of defender Stephen Wright. They were ultimately undone by Kyle's profligacy in front of goal and two mistakes from goalkeeper Kelvin Davis in the final ten minutes.

Kyle shot straight at Shaka Hislop in the tenth minute and wasted a header shortly before the Hammers took the lead.

"The first one was a bit crowded and I didn't quite get the power on it," he explained.

"The second one was actually more easy. It should have been an easy tap-in, it was so close to goal but as I went to hit it I felt a bit of a nudge in my back and it just put me off at the last minute. …

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