Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reveillere Is Prepared to Play a Game of Patience; Defender Insists Cats'survival Take Precedence over Winning Place Back

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reveillere Is Prepared to Play a Game of Patience; Defender Insists Cats'survival Take Precedence over Winning Place Back

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Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON

ANTHONY Reveillere is not worried about losing his place in Sunderland's starting XI - insisting the club's Premier League future must take priority over any personal disappointment.

The veteran former France international defender played in Dick Advocaat's first game in charge at West Ham but he has had to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench in the last two outings - with the new head coach installing the more attack-minded Billy Jones at rightback.

Jones' inclusion brings with it extra pace which is important in the 4-3-3 system preferred by Advocaat where the full-backs are expected to provide the ammunition for the frontmen.

Reveillere understands that and, with Sunderland's top-flight status still under threat, he says the Black Cats must all pull in the same direction.

"That is football," said Reveillere, who is likely to sign another one-year deal at Sunderland when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

"I am not going to lose my head over it.

"It has happened to me before in my career when I have experienced similar situations.

"The most important thing is the team, so you just have to keep training until you are needed, whether that is through the manager's decision or an injury.

"At the moment, you cannot think about yourself, the most important thing above all is the team and keeping Sunderland in the Premier League.

"There is a good atmosphere in the dressing room.

"Wins are not easy but we have trained well and hard and we are ready to battle for another win at Stoke on Saturday."

After last weekend's blank weekend, Sunderland will return to action at the Britannia Stadium and Reveillere says the Black Cats must respond after their 4-1 home humbling by Crystal Palace last time out.

Sunderland conceded four times in 14 minutes at the start of the second half, destroying any momentum they had taken into the game following their Wear-Tyne derby win over rivals Newcastle United the previous week. …

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