ALFRED N’DIAYE admits Sunderland need to bring a conclusion to a five-game winless streak at resurgent basement boys QPR this weekend.
Harry Redknapp’s men secured a crucial victory in the fight for survival at his former club Southampton on Saturday, to narrow the gulf with the safety mark to four points.
But while QPR will be desperate to record back-to-back victories for the first time this season at Loftus Road this weekend, Sunderland are also in pressing need of three points.
Sunderland spurned the opportunity to secure a first win since January in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Fulham, albeit the Black Cats managed to bring an end to their three-game losing streak by fighting back from two goals down.
And although Sunderland managed to extend the buffer with the bottom three to six points, midfielder N’Diaye realises the need for a victory to edge Martin O’Neill’s side closer to the survival mark.
“We wanted more against Fulham, but we got a draw,” said N’Diaye.
“I don’t think we played well in the first half, but we were better in the second.
“We had lost three games beforehand, so we have to take the 2-2.
“Two goals is good, but against QPR, it’s important we get the win.”
N’Diaye praised the contribution of Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet in helping the Black Cats claw back the deficit after they had found themselves two goals down inside the opening 35 minutes.
Mignolet prevented Dimitar Berbatov from restoring Fulham’s two-goal advantage midway through the second half with a stunning save and, from the resulting counter-attack, Stephane Sessegnon netted his second in as many games to draw Sunderland level.
“He saved us and two minutes afterwards, we broke and scored,” added N’Diaye on the club’s website.
“I thought he was the man of the match. Simon is a very good player and he saved the game for us.”