Derby disaster has turned up heat on SAFC stars says Asamoah Gyan

ASAMOAH Gyan admits another derby disaster has left every Sunderland player feeling the heat just two games into the campaign.

The inquest continues today into a second defeat in three to Newcastle after Sunderland prolonged their desperate record on Wearside against the Magpies.

Sunderland face a quickfire double-header to restore some confidence, although tomorrow’s trip to Championship high-fliers Brighton and Saturday’s clash at Premier League new boys Swansea have the potential to further erode the summer’s feel good factor.

But Gyan, under fire himself after two goalless games, knows Sunderland need to respond to derby shame in the same manner as they did last season when Steve Bruce’s men embarked upon a four-match unbeaten run following the St James’s Park druubing.

The Ghanaian striker told SportMail: “There’s definitely pressure on us now, but that’s normal after a defeat like that.

“Personally, I’m not happy because I’ve played two games and not scored.

“But we’ve just started the league and with the kind of players we’ve got, I hope we can score some goals.

“We need to start winning some games, but we’ve got quality players who are capable of winning games.

“We’re down, but we’re not out. We’ve just got to keep our heads up and keep going.

“We understand the supporters because it’s a derby game.

“Every derby, we play for the fans and we want to win too. We have got family behind us who want us to win too so we’re all disappointed.

“But it happened last year and afterwards we came back stronger. I hope that happens again.”

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