STEVE BRUCE says it’s crunch time for Sunderland.
While the Black Cats’ boss is not panicking about his side’s lowly position just two points above the relegation zone, he says the coming weeks will be vital in terms of how the campaign unravels for them.
Sunderland host fellow strugglers Wigan at the Stadium of Light this weekend and Bruce confessed: “We must find a winning formula and very, very quickly.
“Now we’re coming to a big, important time.
“We have nine or 10 games in 30 days after playing 12 in four months. It has been a stop-start season.
“Let’s hope we can get a win (this weekend) and get up and running.”
Bruce says Wigan will be resilient and not afraid of the “adversity” they find themselves in.
And he said of his own side: “On the whole, performances have been decent.
“But we need to win at home. Our best performances have been away.
“We need to win a couple of games and appease the thousands of supporters we have got.”
The former Wigan boss says it’s important he maintains belief in himself.
He added: “It’s important in management to try to do it your own way and make sure you stick to your beliefs and principles.
“I’ve managed at the top level for something like 10 years now and it still has its difficult moments - you can’t get too high or beat yourself up too much.
“We’re playing in the best league in the world and to try to make a fist of it is very difficult.”