Henderson: Sunderland not fazed by Hammers plight

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JORDAN Henderson insists West Ham’s relegation will not distract Sunderland in their attempts to finish the campaign on a high.

Upton Park promises to be a volatile environment on Sunday after the Hammers were confined to the Championship last weekend with a last-gasp defeat at fellow strugglers Wigan.

But Sunderland have their own concerns after defeat against Wolves left their top 10 hopes hanging by a thread.

Steve Bruce’s men find themselves in 14th place, two points adrift of the top half, and need to take something from the final day if they are to fulfil the minimum expectation of bettering last season’s points tally.

Henderson told the Echo: “It’ll be a big game for us with it being the last game of the season. Hopefully we can go there and do a job.

“It doesn’t matter what’s happened to them. Iit would have been difficult if they had something to play for or not. Hopefully we can get the right result.

“We just need to concentrate on the game itself. There’s three points to play for, we can’t worry about where we finish.

“We’ve just got to go there, put up a fight and get a good result.

“We’ve got one more game to prove that we do care and we want to finish as high as we can.”

Sunderland will register back-to-back away wins for the first time since January if they can inflict a seventh loss in eight on the managerless Hammers.

But the Black Cats head into the game on the back of yet another setback on their own patch.

England international Henderson admits last weekend’s defeat to Wolves was too similar to the previous Stadium of Light encounter against Fulham.

In both games, Sunderland dominated the first half, conceded against the run of play and then saw their standards plummet after the break.

Henderson added: “In the first half, we played some good stuff and created some good chances.

“But in the second half, we weren’t really good enough. We were really disappointed with the result and the way we got beat.

“We had a few more chances than them in the first half and were the better side. But we let them get back into the game really and they punished us.

“There wasn’t the same tempo in the second and we didn’t create as many chances. We need to look at things and see if we can get a better result at the weekend.”