FRAIZER Campbell says a quiet self-confidence allowed Sunderland to grind out a great result over Liverpool on Saturday.
Sunderland’s last outing had seen the Black Cats’ 10 men concede a spirit-sapping last-gasp equaliser to Newcastle in the wake of Stephane Sessegnon’s sending off.
But Campbell (pictured) says that that setback failed to undermine the self-belief that has grown in the camp and Sunderland were in exactly the right frame of mind for the Reds’ visit.
“You are under pressure when you don’t win, but we knew we had been playing good football,” he said.
“We’ve been showing the right mentality, we stuck to our guns and worked hard.
“We are two points behind Liverpool and they are a great side who are up there, year in, year out. So to be close to them at this stage of the season is credit to all of us.
“We just want to keep on winning. If we do that, we can move further up the table.”
Campbell says that Sunderland will take the same positivity into this weekend’s FA Cup tie at Everton, even though they will again be without the banned Sessegnon and Lee Cattermole.
A victory at Goodison Park would put Sunderland potentially one game away from Europe and Campbell said: “This is exactly the way we have to look at it. One win and you are at Wembley, two and you are in the final.
“We are really excited.”
To prosper in both league and cup, Sunderland will need Campbell and strike partner Nicklas Bendtner to continue working as effectively as they did in the 1-0 win over Liverpool.
Campbell joked that the fledgling partnership is already showing signs of becoming a super pairing.
“I got an assist and he got a goal, so it must be alright,” he smiled.
“I get on well with Nick off the field and that makes it better.
“Are we telepathic? Yeah.
“I think it must be that super hero mask he is wearing!
“But the team played well, too, and we got that bit of luck – thankfully Nick was there to finish it off.
“We got the three points and that’s the most important thing.
“The lads at the back were fantastic.
“Liverpool have got some great players up front, so it’s great credit to our defence that Simon, our keeper, had very little to do.”