David Moyes insists his Sunderland players are fully aware of the “responsibility” they carry as he looks to steer the club to Premier League safety,
Sunderland are six points adrift, with the Black Cats not in action again until they host Sean Dyche’s Burnley next Saturday.
Sunderland’s proud 10-year status as a Premier League club is hanging in the balance and Moyes has called on his squad to use their experience of previous great escapes to once again pull themselves out of the mire.
And the Scot insists the players know all too well what is at stake.
“At this moment in time it is the job that everyone knows what we have to do,” said Moyes. “It is important for us as a team and important for everyone in this region.
“For the workers around the club it means an awful lot so we carry a lot of responsibility to make sure we make it happen.
“We have been in this position before and I’m hoping the experience of being in this position will make us better and help us with this run in.
“This is the time of the season you need your players to come into form and show what they are capable of.
“Players at the top peak at the right time to win leagues or win cups and Manchester United had a great habit under Sir Alex of timing that well.
“I think Sunderland have got that great habit of timing it well so that they aren’t relegated.
“We don’t want to be in this position but we are here and we need to use every bit of experience we have got to get out of it,” Moyes told the club website.