Bennett urges Sunderland to hold their nerve

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Gary Bennett says Sunderland must hold their nerve this weekend as they set off in pursuit of a win at Swansea which would begin transforming their season.

The Black Cats have made a disappointing start to the campaign so far having lost a home derby to Newcastle and been dumped out of the Carling Cup by Brighton, in the wake of a good draw at Liverpool on the opening day of the season.

Those defeats have left the club feeling the heat barely a week into the 2011/12 season and ahead of tomorrow’s tricky match at Premier League newcomers Swansea.

But Sunderland legend Bennett says this is the most important time for everyone at the club to be pulling together.

“You get disappointments in football and we’ve had a couple of massive ones in the last few days,” he told the Echo. “But the key thing now is for the togetherness in the camp to take over.

“The players need to be united as a group and they need to rely on each other for support and draw strength from each other.

“Given the way the situation has started to develop, tomorrow looks like being a key game and that’s why it is important that the players all pull together and don’t let things affect them – it’s the only way to get through spells like this.”

* Full story in tonight’s Sunderland Echo