Cisse refusing to panic

21 March 2009 01:24
Djibril Cisse is confident Sunderland can avoid slipping through the Premier League trapdoor this season.

The Black Cats have slumped alarmingly down the table in recent weeks and sit just three points above the drop zone.

With just nine games remaining, time is running out for those sides looking to secure their top flight status for next term.

Sunderland know their fate is in their own hands, though, and Cisse insists no-one at the Stadium of Light is panicking just yet.

"There are a lot of points still, so we can still turn the situation," said the Frenchman.

"But yes, it's annoying to not score goals, it's annoying to not win games, to be 1-0 up and in the last minute, concede a goal.

"It is annoying but there are a lot of games and still a lot of time.

Victory"It's a matter of one game. We need a victory and the I think we would be back to the right way and start winning games again.

"But we need that game and we need it quickly."

Sunderland head to Manchester City on Sunday as their search for precious points continues.

Cisse expects the Blues to pose a tough test to Ricky Sbragia's side, but believes playing away from home will help to ease the weight of expectation on the Wearsiders' shoulders.

He said: "I don't think it is going to be easier to go there because City are really good at home.

"But maybe there will be less pressure because we are away and we don't have all the stadium behind us.

"But still, the pressure is going to be there."

Source: SKY_Sports