Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Heart Attacks Ahead for Black Cats; 'We Have to Ensure We Win Dogfight'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Heart Attacks Ahead for Black Cats; 'We Have to Ensure We Win Dogfight'

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer @sturayner

CHRIS Coleman emerged from one of the most exciting games the Stadium of Light has seen for years and warned: "It's going to be heart-attack city every weekend."

Sunderland twice came from behind to earn a point from a match of six goals and two red cards. While Callum McManaman's strike in the sixth added minute did wonders for Black Cats' morale, it did nothing to improve their league position.

They remain four points from safety and if Barnsley take anything from tomorrow's game in hand at 20thplaced Hull City, that will widen. But the Wearsiders showed great fight - a bit too much when Jake Clarke-Salter hurtled into a reckless first-half challenge on Adama Traore and was sent off - to their manager's delight.

"We are not going to get away from where we are by going through a back door," Coleman commented.

"This is going to go down to the wire. It's going to be heart-attack city every weekend, which I'm not looking forward to, but it's coming. And it's going to be a fight. If you go into a Turn to Page 46 FROM BACK PAGE fight on your hands and knees trying to crawl out of it, you are going to get kicked in the backside. You've just got to stand your ground and swing back.

"In the last two games we've started swinging punches back. It might make me sound like a Neanderthal, but we are in a relegation dogfight and you've got to show up every week. You can't just show up for 45 minutes.

"Home is hard for us, we haven't helped ourselves out, but we faced that on Saturday. Away at Bolton (in a 1-0 defeat four days earlier) we were really good. We pass the ball better away from home because we haven't got the home fans to disappoint as much as sometimes we do.

"We've swum the Channel from where we are, right now with the (12) games left. There are four or five teams, maybe only four now in our league and we've got to top that league. …

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