Kirchhoff points to key area for survival

Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has targeted clean sheets in their remaining games to ensure they avoid the drop.

Sunderland: Kirchhoff points to key area for survivalSunderland: Kirchhoff points to key area for survival

The international break means the Black Cats do not play again for a fortnight, and successive home games against West Brom and leaders Leicester are likely to have a major say in their destiny this season.

Boss Sam Allardyce has set his players a target of four wins from their remaining eight fixtures, one of which takes them to Carrow Road to face Norwich on April 16.

Sunderland slipped back into the bottom three last weekend after failing to collect three points from the Tyne-Wear derby, while Norwich collected a vital win at West Brom to open up a two-point gap on the relegation zone.

Kirchhoff said: “They won their last game, so it’s a good feeling for them, but we have got a game more so if we win it, we will go above them. We will have one point more than them, so it’s in our hands.

“We don’t have to focus on Norwich. We still have to play against them in a really tight, big important game, so we can do it. It’s in our hands, we can go on, we can believe in it and just work hard.

“If we go into the next game and get a clean sheet, I am sure it will be enough to win the game.”

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