Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Are Confident despite City Loss; Confident Cats Are Up for It - Cuellar

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Are Confident despite City Loss; Confident Cats Are Up for It - Cuellar

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SUNDERLAND head into Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby high on confidence despite ending their unbeaten start to the season in spectacular fashion last time out, according to Carlos Cuellar, writes STUART RAYNER.

The Black Cats lost 3-0 at Manchester City in the final game before the international break.

There is no shame in losing to the champions - something every Premier League team but the Wearsiders did last term - but it ended a number of positive sequences.

For starters, Sunderland kicked off as one of only two teams in England not to have lost this season. Now only Sheffield United hold that distinction.

The game was also the first the Black Cats trailed in, and the first league match Steven Fletcher had failed to score in since his PS12m move from Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, Cuellar insists it has not dampened the mood at the Academy of Light.

"The confidence in the team is very high," said the Spaniard, who will be playing in his first North East derby.

"When you lose everyone is unhappy but if you look at the table and you look at the games we have played before that you don't have to be scared or lose any confidence because the team is doing very well.

"You have to learn from your mistakes, but in Spain we say you cannot take your skin off just because you make a mistake or lose a game.

"We were doing so well before and when you make a mistake you have to learn from it and make sure you don't do it again.

"Because we're playing Newcastle next we don't have to prepare too much.

We'll all be ready and waiting for the game." Cuellar sees the international break, which scattered Sunderland players across the globe representing their countries last night as a positive - especially for him. The former and Rangers and Aston Villa defender made a poor start to the Manchester City game, his reckless tackle on Carlos Tevez allowing Aleksandar Kolarov to open the scoring from a fifthminute free-kick. …

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