Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Anton Wants to Double Up; Ferdinand Aiming to Repeat Win

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Anton Wants to Double Up; Ferdinand Aiming to Repeat Win

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ANTON FERDINAND has called on Sunderland to stage a repeat of their opening-day display against Bolton when the Trotters arrive on Wearside tonight.

The Black Cats kicked off their season with a 1-0 win at the Reebok Stadium back in August - their only away win in the league so far - in a game that got Steve Bruce's reign as Sunderland boss off to the perfect start.

But after a promising first third of the season which saw them riding high in the table, Sunderland have slumped, and a run of 14 games without a win has left them just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Ferdinand is hoping that another win against fellow-strugglers Bolton can revitalise Sunderland's season and put them on course for safety.

The defender said: "I remember the game at Bolton very clearly. We controlled that game and we were very comfortable.

"The personnel was different, I think that Danny Collins and I played centre-half that day, but the squad of players is pretty much the same and that was obviously Darren Bent's first goal for the club.

"But we've got to go into tonight's game with it in our minds that we've beaten Bolton once this season and there's no reason why we can't do it again.

"They're a team on the up but we've been solid defensively, even if the goals haven't been coming and we have to look at being solid again this evening but get a bit of joy in the final third.

"With Kenwyne Jones and Darren Bent in the side, you're always going to feel that you'll get goals in games and the more they don't score in one game, the more likely there are to score in the next."

Former West Ham man Ferdinand returned last month after 10 weeks out of action with an ankle injury.

And he has had to get used to being employed in an unfamiliar role at left-back in the last two games - a position he is set to keep against Bolton tonight. …

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