Elmohamady: Sunderland must stay positive despite Fulham draw

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AHMED Elmohamady insists Sunderland cannot afford to let themselves be downcast at their inability to beat Fulham.

Sunderland couldn’t find a way past the Cottagers at the Stadium of Light last weekend in the first of four games against sides lying alongside them in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

A third successive draw on Wearside left the Black Cats just two points above the drop zone ahead of tomorrow’s clash with basement boys Wigan Athletic.

But Elmohamady believes there were positives to take from the Fulham draw despite being unable to convert their overwhelming share of possession into a goal.

“It’s another home game tomorrow and we’ve got look to get three points again,” Elmohamady told the Echo.

“We can’t get too down about not beating Fulham, although it is important that we start winning to get back towards the top half.

“The confidence is there still in the team.

“You’ve got to accept that you get games like last weekend where you don’t take your opportunities or the ball doesn’t bounce for you in the box.

“There weren’t too many chances and some games are like that.

“You’ve got to take one of the few that you get, otherwise they end up 0-0.

“Sometimes you need a bit of luck – Jack (Colback) and Kieran (Richardson) both hit the crossbar.

“In the second half, there weren’t too many chances apart from Sess (Stephane Sessegnon) at the end. But at least we got the draw and didn’t get beaten.

“The one at the end, if that had gone in and we would have won and everyone would be happy.

“We played okay, but it wasn’t enough.”

Elmohamady made his first start in four games against Fulham after replacing the suspended Seb Larsson.

But with Larsson expected to return to the side to face Wigan, Elmohamady’s place is under threat, especially after the Egyptian struggled with his delivery last weekend.

“It was good for me to get back in the team and I hope to keep going and hold down a spot,” added the 24-year-old.

“With the games coming up, we need everyone to be firing and score some goals.

“Sometimes, it happens that your crosses don’t find your own men.

“Fulham did well and they’ve got good players.

“They play well as a team. They’ve got big lads at the back, who intercept a lot of crosses.”