JACK COLBACK says Sunderland have proved already this season that they can shrug off last year’s more harrowing moments.
The Black Cats face one of their bogey teams, in West Brom, on Saturday, having lost five of their last six meetings with the Baggies.
Sunderland’s last trip to the Hawthorns resulted in a 4-0 drubbing for the Wearsiders, as Martin O’Neill oversaw the joint heaviest defeat of his tenure.
Midfielder Colback, who was substituted at half-time during that dreadful team display, admits Sunderland will need to “apply” themselves much better if they are to end a run of two back-to-back Premier League defeats.
But the 23-year-old points to November’s display at Everton as evidence that Sunderland’s players are not haunted by last season’s ghosts.
Although Sunderland succumbed to a 2-1 defeat on Merseyside, they could, and arguably should, have emerged victorious just seven months after a 4-0 roasting at Goodison Park.
Colback told the Echo: “I remember getting hooked at half-time at West Brom last year, so it wasn’t a great day for me!
“But, as a team, no-one really did well.
“You have to think, though, that last year we went to Everton and got a bit of a battering, but this year, we should have won there.
“Past results don’t really matter when you’re going into a game.
“It’s all about what happens on the day. If we apply ourselves, we should do well.
“It’s a game we’re heading into looking to win.”
West Brom were the early pace-setters in the top flight this season after their 4-2 victory at the Stadium of Light in November was their eighth win from the first 13 Premier League games.
But the Baggies only ended a six-match winless run at Liverpool, prior to the fortnight’s break from Premier League action.
“I watched the game against the Liverpool and they did well,” added Colback.
“They defended strongly, hit them on the break and did it effectively.
“We’ve done that against teams this season and you get your rewards.
“They’ve got a good, settled team, they’ve been together for a while and know each other’s game.
“They’re well-organised and keep the ball very well.
“Especially at home at the start of the season, they were beating the top teams.
“They’re a good outfit, but we’ve got to be going into every game looking to get something from it.
“It’s a tough place to go and play, but in this league, if you play well on your day, you can beat anyone.”