Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danny Points Way for Cats

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danny Points Way for Cats

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Byline: By james hunter

DANNY COLLINS says it is time for Sunderland to convert performances into points as they prepare for this weekend's clash with West Ham.

The Black Cats go to Upton Park on Sunday looking to build on their brave display at Arsenal a fortnight ago, which saw the Wearsiders come back from 2-0 down to level the scores before eventually succumbing to a late winner.

Sunderland deserved plenty of credit for their performance at the Emirates Stadium - as they did earlier in the season when they held Manchester United for 70 minutes at Old Trafford - but Collins admits that is cold comfort when you end up on the losing side.

The defender said: "We've put in some decent performances this season and we just need to turn those into results now.

"It's great to play well against the big clubs - and it's even better if you can take points off them.

"Although we ended up losing at Arsenal, there will be better teams than us go there this season and come away with a worse result.

"The way we played we showed a lot of effort and commitment and those were the positives.

"But we need the same kind of performances every week. We need to take those same qualities into the West Ham game now."

Sunderland and West Ham both go into Sunday's game on the back of defeats, with the Black Cats losing their last two matches against Arsenal and Blackburn while the Hammers have lost their last three, against Aston Villa, Arsenal and Newcastle.

Collins said: "West Ham By have been up and down this season - a bit like us.

"In the last couple of games we have been a bit unfortunate. I felt Blackburn were there for the taking but we shot ourselves in the foot, and then at Arsenal we weren't expected to get anything but gave them a scare.

"If we play well on Sunday then I am confident we can get a good result, but I bet West Ham would say the same.

"It's another road trip for us, but if we can play the way we did against Arsenal, I'm sure we can come away with something."

Sunderland's trip to East London will see Collins pitted against some familiar faces, with the Hammers squad including his former Sunderland team-mate George McCartney and a trio of Wales internationals - Craig Bellamy, Danny Gabbidon and James Collins. …

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