OLD HAND Anthony Reveillere says Sunderland have to keep their cool in the relegation battle, despite their failure to take a decisive step away from danger.
For the second Stadium of Light encounter in a row, Sunderland failed to get the better of one of their Premier League relegation rivals after a drab stalemate against West Brom saw the Black Cats drop to fifth-bottom mspot on Saturday.
However, despite a 13th league draw of the campaign, Sunderland extended the gap with the drop zone to three points, with Gus Poyet’s yet to occupy a place in the bottom three this season.
And, with a quarter of the campaign remaining, veteran full-back Reveillere says Sunderland simply have to focus on keeping their points tally ticking over – continuing with this Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.
Reveillere told the Echo: “Every weekend, the situation changes down there. Even on Saturday, we saw Burnley taking a point at Chelsea.
“We know that we’ve just got to concentrate on us.
“We go to Manchester United next weekend and we’ve got the aim of getting something from there.
“We did that at Swansea.
“Our situation is not terrible and a point was better than nothing on Saturday.
“We’ve got to keep picking up points and the wins will come.
“It didn’t on Saturday, but it helps our confidence that we at least didn’t suffer another defeat.”
Sunderland were much-improved against the Baggies, dominated the encounter and were left aggrieved at the officials after seeing an Adam Johnson goal wrongly ruled out for offside and defender Joleon Lescott fortunate to receive a yellow, rather than a red card, when Danny Graham was through on goal.
But, for the third game on the spin, Sunderland were unable to find a breakthrough.
“We had chances and we were unlucky with Adam’s goal, and the red card that was only a yellow card,” said Reveillere.
“That would have been a red card on many occasions for the defender, but it didn’t go in our favour.
“We played well and deserved to win, but that’s football.
“It’s like that.
“It’s difficult. You sometimes don’t get what you deserve.
“But it’s a good start for the next game.”
Reveillere returned to the fold after missing the FA Cup humiliation at League One club Bradford City with a hamstring problem – taking the place of the dropped Patrick van Aanholt at left-back.
“I’ve recovered from the injury now,” added the experienced former France international.
“I had a little problem against QPR and it was better to stop, rather than making it worse.
“On the pitch at Bradford, it wasn’t worth taking any risks with it, particularly when you’ve got problems with your hamstring or calf.
“But I recovered well. I’ve had no problems with it since.”