Ferdinand still confident despite Sunderland defeats

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ANTON Ferdinand remains convinced Sunderland can produced a strong end to the season despite the Black Cats’ losing five of their last six games, writes Graeme Anderson.

The Wearsiders are in a terrible run of form at the moment with defeat to Liverpool at the weekend meaning they’ve taken just one point from the last 18 – a slump which has seen the Black Cats slip from a strong sixth place in the Premier League, to ninth and only one defeat away from potentially dropping into the bottom half of the table.

But Ferdinand believes there will be a sting in the Black Cats’ tail this season provided they don’t start looking for sympathy in the wake of another game which saw their injury list growing.

“We can’t look at that luck going against us,” he said. “It’s important we don’t start feeling sorry for ourselves and looking at injuries and things that happened against Liverpool.

“We have to look at ourselves, make sure that we bounce back and start playing the way we know we can.

“It’s always disappointing when you’re playing at home – especially at an arena like this, with our fans – not to beat people.

“That shows how far the club has come, the fact we were playing one of the top teams in the country and everyone is upset that we’ve lost.

“I think we’ve got a good enough squad to deal with these injuries.

“It is about character and we’ve got a lot of that in this dressing room, that’s one thing you can’t fault with us. Character helps you bounce back from losses, the lads aren’t worried and we’re looking forward to the next game.”

Lee Cattermole returned to action as a replacement for the injured Sulley Muntari against Liverpool after two-and-a-half months on the sidelines and he’s the sort of player, Ferdinand say, who will have a big impact.

“It’s nice to see the captain back and there’s one person with a huge character,” said the defender.

“It’s a massive lift to get the captain back, he’s a big influence both on and off the pitch.

“He’s someone the lads look up to, especially his workrate, the way he gets about the pitch and that’s what we base our football on. He’s the epitome of our football and that’s why he’s captain.”