Sunderland defender Michael Turner has warned his team-mates the next month is going to be just as tough as the last.
The Black Cats faced Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United in successive Barclays Premier League games as September turned to October and emerged unbeaten, having conceded just three goals.
Sunderland head for Blackburn on Monday evening before improving Aston Villa travel to the Stadium of Light ahead of an eagerly-anticipated resumption of derby hostilities with Newcastle at St James' Park on October 31.
Turner, 26, said: "It's another tough month for us, we have got some really tough games.
"But there are no easy games in this league and you just have to be prepared for each and every one."
"We have put in some good performances and we would have liked to have continued after the Manchester United game. But the international break came along and you have to deal with it."