Rowell Report: Victory is all that matters to get Sunderland’s season on the move

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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WITH both Burnley and Sunderland still searching for their first win of the season, Saturday’s clash could well be a nervy 90 minutes for both players and fans.

Sunderland found out in their last away game at QPR that newly-promoted teams on their own patch are always dangerous opposition, especially early in the season, so if they haven’t learned from their experience at Loftus Road, they will pay the price.

Burnley have the smallest budget in the Premier League and they’re a team with no big name stars, but it would be a big mistake to underestimate them.

Sean Dyche has brought success by organising his side well and getting the maximum from his players, who work tirelessly for each other.

Any team like that are difficult to play against.

This is a game where I see the result being more important than the performance, as Sunderland need a win if they are to get their season moving.

With the Sunderland fans having sold out their almost 4,000 away allocation, I’m expecting a great atmosphere and whoever handles the pressure of a high-stakes game best, could come out on a top in a match both teams will feel they need to win.