Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ross Urges Rejuvenated Cats to Stay Focused; Ross - Vital That Black Cats Remain 'Grounded'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ross Urges Rejuvenated Cats to Stay Focused; Ross - Vital That Black Cats Remain 'Grounded'

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Regional Football Writer stuart.rayner@reachplc.com

JACK Ross has no fears about how his players will adapt to the very different challenges of playing at the Priestfield Stadium and Kingsmeadow this week - but he says their biggest challenge will be staying grounded after Sunday's 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United. The Black Cats played brilliantly against the Irons but will pay the price if they do not respect their opponents this week. They have not played Wednesday's hosts Gillingham since January 2005 or Saturday's Wimbledon since they were reincarnated in 2002. Only one of Sunderland's opening four games - a 1-1 draw with Luton Town - has come away from the Stadium of Light and this week's away trips will pose different challenges. However, manager Ross has no doubt his revamped squad will be up to the task. He said: "Already I've seen encouraging signs the players are able to deal with the challenges. "Luton was a good example of that because we were stretched personnel-wise and it was a tough game. "The next challenge for the players Turn to Page 58 JACK Ross has no fears about how his players will adapt to the very different challenges of playing at the Priestfield Stadium and Kingsmeadow this week - but he says their biggest challenge will be staying grounded after Sunday's 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United. The Black Cats played brilliantly against the Irons but will pay the price if they do not respect their opponents this week. They have not played Wednesday's hosts Gillingham since January 2005 or Saturday's Wimbledon since they were reincarnated in 2002. Only one of Sunderland's opening four games - a 1-1 draw with Luton Town - has come away from the Stadium of Light and this week's away trips will pose different challenges. However, manager Ross has no doubt his revamped squad will be up to the task. …

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