Striker hopeful over drop

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is confident the Black Cats will win their fight against relegation this season.

Sunderland: Striker hopeful over dropSunderland: Striker hopeful over drop

Boss Sam Allardyce has set the side a minimum points target of 38, which would require four more wins and a draw, but Defoe is confident the team will achieve that and stave off the drop.

The veteran striker came off the bench to score what looked a likely 85th-minute winner at St Mary’s on Saturday – but Virgil van Dijk struck in stoppage-time to rescue a point for the hosts.

Defoe told Sky: “I think we’ll be fine. I believe from now until the end of the season we will win a few games, because of the way we’re playing, and the players we’ve got.

“The new signings – Wahbi Khazri, Lamine Kone, all of them, and even the lads that came in during the summer like Younes Kaboul – have lifted us.”

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