Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: In-Form Cats Won't Let Up Now, Insists Kenwyne

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: In-Form Cats Won't Let Up Now, Insists Kenwyne

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

WITH seven points between them and the Premier League relegation zone, Sunderland's top-flight safety seems close to being assured. But Kenwyne Jones has warned Fulham the Black Cats will be "playing as if their lives depended on it" at Craven Cottage this weekend.

The Wearsiders take on a Fulham side on Saturday who, along with Bolton Wanderers, are becoming increasingly cut adrift at the bottom of the table. Sunderland will travel in good heart after four days training in the Spanish sun on the back of consecutive Premier League victories for the first time in seven years.

Although Jones has been unable to join his team-mates because of visa problems, the Trinidad and Tobago striker's morale is also on a high after scoring his first goal of 2008 in Saturday's 2-1 win against West Ham United. But the 23-year-old promised greater confidence will not equate to complacency.

"Fulham will be a massive game, but to a club like Sunderland every game is massive," argued the pounds 6m signing from Southampton. "It's good we've been able to put some breathing space between ourselves and the bottom three, but we've got to remain really focused because every game will be hugely important until we're mathematically safe.

"We will be treating every game as if our lives depend on it. But it's encouraging the last two wins have put us on the road to safety and I believe we'll get there because I am confident in the team and its ability."

Jones was pleased to have produced his trademark goal celebration for the first time since the 3-1 home win over Bolton on December 29. Having missed the 1-0 victory at Aston Villa a week earlier, he was even more relieved to contribute to a winning cause.

"It was great to get back among the goals, especially because it helped us put two wins together that moved us up the table," he said. …

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