Sunderland midfielder targets Norwich win after Leicester collapse

Jack Rodwell in action against Leicester City. Picture by FRANK REID

Jack Rodwell in action against Leicester City. Picture by FRANK REID

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Jack Rodwell believes victory over Norwich City this coming weekend would provide some compensation for the manner of Sunderland’s opening day loss.

Hopes of Sunderland beginning the campaign on a positive note were extinguished during a first half collapse at Leicester on Saturday after the Black Cats conceded three times in a 15-minute capitulation.

If we beat Norwich it’s a better start than last season when we managed to draw against Manchester United and West Brom

Jack Rodwell

But Sunderland face another potential relegation contender this coming weekend when Norwich visit the Stadium of Light.

If Sunderland can bounce back with a first Premier League victory of the campaign – something that eluded them until October last season – midfielder Rodwell says Dick Advocaat’s men can restore some self-belief.

“It’s the first game of the season and it’s a long season,” he said. “It’s not an ideal start but we still have belief in the group.

“If we beat Norwich it’s a better start than last season when we managed to draw against Manchester United and West Brom.

“I would prefer to lose one and win one than draw three.

“That’s what we did too many times last season, draw, so if we beat Norwich that’s a better start than last season.”

Rodwell made no excuse for the manner of Sunderland’s display at the King Power Stadium after their defensive vulnerability was exposed with frightening ease by the Foxes.

“It’s such a bad start, coming in at half time 3-0 down it was a such a sloppy start,” added the former Manchester City man.

“They were three goals we could have easily avoided. In the first game of the Premier League you don’t want to be giving sloppy goals away.

“We came in at half time with an uphill task and we had to show a bit of balls out there in the second half and try not to get beaten by six or seven.”