Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stay Focused on Game: Ferdinand

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stay Focused on Game: Ferdinand

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS

ANTON FERDINAND says Sunderland must not allow themselves to dwell on the importance of Tuesday night's relegation sixpointer against Bolton. The Black Cats have suffered stage fright on their own patch recently - turning in stuttering performances against Stoke, Wigan and Fulham in their last three games at the Stadium of Light.

Ferdinand reckons the players might have been guilty of making life difficult for themselves by "overthinking" things.

He says that must stop if Sunderland are to bring to an end a run of 14 games without victory.

Ferdinand said: "I know all about the importance of the game, but I will approach it just like any other.

"That doesn't mean that I will not give absolutely everything in the match - I go out there and give 100% of myself in every game - but the most important thing is that you just go out there and play the best football that you can. …

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