Clean sheets key for Black Cats

Sunderland defender Jan Kirchhoff claims the side need to start keeping clean sheets if they are to survive the drop.

Sunderland: Clean sheets key for Black Cats Sunderland: Clean sheets key for Black Cats

The January signing has helped see a turnaround in fortunes although their inability to keep a clean sheet continues to haunt them.

Ahead of the massive Tyne-Wear derby game on Sunday, Kirchoff has called for shut-outs to be their number one priority going into games, especially against arch-rivals Newcastle who have a dreadful scoring record.

The German told the Echo: “We need to get clean sheets. Everyone can see that we create chances.

“I’ve seen that in every game since I’ve been here, but we don’t manage to stay strong enough in defence and get a clean sheet.

“We defend well and we’ve got a good shape, but then we give the ball away in bad situations.

“I think when you’re down at the bottom of the table, though, sometimes you just have bad luck.”

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