DAVID Vaughan believes Sunderland have the experience within their ranks to see them through the barren spell.
Sunderland head to Bolton on Saturday with a modest tally of just six points from the opening eight games and only goal difference separating them from the bottom three.
But midfielder Vaughan insists the Black Cats are not short on players familiar with high-pressure situations.
Wes Brown, John O’Shea and Nicklas Bendtner have all plied their trade in the Champions League, while Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner and Vaughan himself, all experienced the demands of a relegation battle last season.
Vaughan said: “The experience a lot of the players have got is good and you can fall back on it when times are tough so you’re not panicking.
“You’d like to think that will come into play over the course of the season.
“With experience you can see the situations panning out a bit better than if you’ve not been through it before.
“We’ve only played eight games and there’s still a long way to go so hopefully we can get where we want to be.”
SEE Thursday’s Mail for interviews with Steve Bruce and Phil Bardsley