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Zenden calls for consistency
24 Nov 2009 - 11:15:41
Sunderland midfielder Bolo Zenden has backed his side to challenge for a European place, provided that they start to perform against some of the Premier League's lesser teams.
The Black Cats are currently in eighth place in the table following a 1-0 home win over Arsenal, with Steve Bruce's side having also beaten Liverpool at the Stadium of Light this season, as well as coming within seconds of a victory at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Zenden told The Chronicle: "It's a rather good reputation to have - scourge of the Big Four - but on the other hand, while it's good to get the points against the big guns, it's not going to get you where you want to be in the end if you don't manage to beat the smaller sides as well.
"We have had an off day against Birmingham and lost against Stoke and Burnley as well and that has let us down.
"It's fantastic to beat big teams like Arsenal and Liverpool at home and it's nice they don't fancy coming here anymore. We're pleased with that, but we have to find some consistency.
"We are confident the team will progress this season. It's a new-look side with a lot of new players in it, but we have gelled quickly. It's not only the fact we have had some good results, it's the fact we have laid down a performance as well.
"We are a good team, but we have to do it week in, week out, get the points and be consistent. But it definitely gives us a bit of confidence, the crowd are behind us and that helps as well and that has helped the manager get the new players to gel quickly.
"I'm convinced we can go places. I said that when I joined, if you look at the squad and how we are doing, we should definitely be in the top ten.
"To finish in the top six would be a very big achievement, top eight would be a really good finish as it would possibly bring a European spot as well."