Don't panic! Winger offers revealing insight into Sunderland's dismal start to Championship campaign

Aiden McGeady in action for Sunderland.
Aiden McGeady in action for Sunderland.
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Aiden McGeady says there is no sense of panic amongst the Sunderland squad despite the dismal start to the campaign.

With more than a third of the season gone, Sunderland are rock bottom of the Championship with just 10 points, three points adrift of safety.

Republic of Ireland winger McGeady insists the focus of the players is firmly on turning the season around quickly

"I think we are just getting on with it," McGeady told the club website.

"We put each result to bed and it’s a good thing at times that games come so quickly in the Championship as there’s always a game three days later to try and put things right.

"We’re still relatively early in the season, so I don’t think it’s a time to start panicking but we are keen to pick up results quickly."

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Sunderland, beaten 1-0 by Middlesbrough on Sunday, are without a game this weekend due to the international break.

McGeady has been one of the most consistent performers since arriving in the summer for £250,000 from Everton.

The winger added: "It’s been good to score a few goals and set a few up as well. But, ultimately, we haven’t been winning games, so it’s been frustrating in that respect.

"We just need to start picking up points, it’s as simple as that.

"I got eight last season and I’ve already got halfway to that total. Last campaign was good for me too. I just want to be of benefit to the team.

"I want to score as many as I can, assist as many as I can and help this club to get the wins on the board.

"I feel good physically, I missed three or four games with my hamstring injury, but I’ve got back playing and I’m feeling strong. The more you play, the better and sharper you feel. It’s just tough because the bigger picture is always about winning."

McGeady is settled in the North East having signed a three-year deal in the summer.

He added: "When I signed here I got to sign for three years which is great. I didn’t want to be assessing my options after one year here.

"The last couple of seasons have been hard for me because I’ve been everywhere. I was down at Sheffield Wednesday, then Preston – where I thought I was going to sign, then Sunderland came in. I’ve been all over the place while going back and forth from Glasgow.

"It’s been great to get settled and the dressing room has made that easier for me.

"You want to make it as easy for yourself as you can, from a physical point of view as well. I’ve got a family so it can be difficult. I was on my own at Sheffield Wednesday, and I found it difficult.

"Then I went to Preston and I got my kids into school there and that helped. I’d always say to any player that it really helps when you’re settled off the park.

"Being away from home a lot and trying to make it back for a short day is tough.

"But here is great. I’m settled, I’m in a house and the kids are at school."

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