Defender calls for focus

Sunderland need mental toughness in the run in to the end of the season if they are to avoid the drop, according to DeAndre Yedlin.

The defender feels the leaking of late goals is a mental problem rather than a footballing one and says they must be stronger in both areas of the game.

The Black Cats have let leads slip against Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle United of late and Yedlin says they need to cut that out if they are to survive.

“ItÂ’s definitely disappointing to give away that late goal,” Yedlin told the Gazette after the Newcastle draw. “The good thing is weÂ’re not losing. But the last few games, we should have got wins and the games are very important for us.

“I’m not sure what it is for us. Maybe it comes down to the mental side and being a little bit stronger and having a bit more grit.

“But, the next games are important, especially the next two which are at home. It’s definitely something we have to start working on when we’ve got the lead.

“We have to keep putting pressure on teams. But I’m sure we’ll be working on it on the training pitch and looking forwards to the next few games.”

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