Yann M’Vila has called for some attitude against West Ham this weekend, in an attempt to end Sunderland’s winless record prior to the international break.
For the third season in a row, Sunderland have failed to taste a Premier League victory in either August or September after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester United left the Black Cats rooted to the foot of the table.
We need to show some courage, rather than losing so easily like we did on Saturday.
Summer signing M’Vila has been Sunderland’s brightest performer of the season so far, yet some of his team-mates are clearly lacking the same confidence after a run of seven winless games.
But M’Vila says the players need to get rid of the fear factor and show both courage and aggression in this Saturday’s visit of West Ham, prior to the fortnight’s break from Premier League action.
M’Vila told the Mail: “Perhaps the confidence is a problem. When you haven’t won, then it’s not going to be too high.
“We absolutely need to win for everyone at the club.
“I hope that we can get it next week against West Ham, before we go away for the break.
“That’s a very, very important match for me, in front of our supporters.
“We need to show some courage, rather than losing so easily like we did on Saturday.
“We need to show more aggression and courage. You should be playing matches on the edge.
“We’re too nice sometimes.
“It was too easy for Manchester United, when we should have been showing some aggression.
“They got to 2-0 and they were just able to attack.”
While M’Vila was frustrated by Sunderland’s looseness in possession during the opening 45 minutes, the Black Cats were at least more solid until they concede in first half stoppage time.
M’Vila admitted that “killed” Sunderland, with Wayne Rooney’s goal 40 seconds after the restart, allowing United to coast through to the finale, albeit Ola Toivonen and Patrick van Aanholt spurned second-half chances.
“We were good for that first half - controlled, blocking things,” added the on-loan Ruben Kazan midfielder.
“We weren’t really able to play, gave the ball away too easily and weren’t able to keep hold of it long enough.
“But the goal just before half-time killed us. It just killed us.
“To lose another goal so soon after half-time completed it. When you concede a goal so soon before half-time, then you have to come out afterwards and be strong.
“Aggression is so important. If you go down 2-0, then it doesn’t end there and you just stop.
“You can’t lose like that.
“You’ve got to continue attacking to see what happens, find the opportunities so you can score.”