Sbragia seeks ruthless streak

19 March 2009 04:22
Ricky Sbragia has called upon his Sunderland side to be more clinical in front of goal as they look to drag themselves to Premier League safety.[LNB] The Black Cats have nine games in which to stave off the threat of relegation, having slipped into trouble as a result of their indifferent form of late.[LNB]They have taken just two wins from their last 11 games and have scored only eight goals during that sequence - with half of those coming from strike pairing Kenwyne Jones and Djibril Cisse.[LNB]Sbragia admits the lack of firepower is giving him cause for concern, but believes his players are creating enough opportunities to rectify the problem sooner rather than later.[LNB]He said: "We create them, we are just not clinical enough and ruthless enough.[LNB]"Andy Reid has maybe got one, and we could do with one of the full-backs getting one, but we are not a prolific goalscoring team and we have to address that.[LNB]Practice"We do enough shooting and finishing and movement in training every day, so it is a case of putting that into practice on the pitch.[LNB]"We just have to hope the situation comes. If we create them, I don't have a problem. It's when we don't create them.[LNB]"But in general, we have got to be more ruthless when we get the chance."[LNB]Sbragia, whose side currently sit on 32 points, believes 41 points will be enough to secure a top flight standing this season and is keen to reach that target as quickly as possible.[LNB]"I hope it doesn't go until the last game of the season, but it won't be far off it," he said in regards to the delicately poised relegation battle.[LNB]"It is so close, it is so tight - the majority of them have got to play each other as well."[LNB]

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