Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Must Put the Past Behind Them; Adam: Look Forward

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Must Put the Past Behind Them; Adam: Look Forward

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ADAM JOHNSON insists Sunderland cannot let their recent disappointments hang over them as they fight to save their season.

The Black Cats were booed off at the weekend after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich City at the Stadium of Light, despite having a man advantage for an hour.

That made it seven games without a win for Martin O'Neill's side, who saw the buffer between themselves and the relegation zone trimmed to four points.

Sunderland now face a difficult run of fixtures, starting a week on Saturday when runaway league leaders Manchester United visit Wearside, with games against Chelsea, Newcastle and then Everton to follow.

But Johnson says the players have already got the Norwich game out of their system, and they will be raring to go again by the time the Red Devils arrive in town. "Footballers are a resilient lot and the lads are already putting the weekend behind them," he said.

"Training has been good. We've had some shooting competitions and enjoyed it; I think that's what you have to do.

"You have to come in and move forward rather than dwelling on any disappointment you might just have had. "If you let bad results affect you going into your next game, you'd be lost."

The fans vented their frustrations at full-time after seeing their side fail to find a winner against the 10-man Canaries, and Johnson admits the players felt the disappointment just as keenly.

The PS10m summer buy from Manchester City said: "It was a frustrating day - and we've had a few of those this season.

"The mood in the dressing room afterwards was disappointed and angry because we wanted to get a good result.

"We all thought we would get it and we didn't - so you can understand how we felt.

"We were just trying to get a good result and get the wheels turning again but it's difficult to break 10 men down sometimes in the way you're expected to.

"I think when the other team has 10 men, everyone on that side looks to work a little harder. …

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