Sunderland’s Colback: No surrender against Spurs

DETERMINED ... Jack Colback.
DETERMINED ... Jack Colback.

JACK Colback insists Sunderland have not put in the hard yards on the training ground this week to meekly surrender at White Hart Lane tomorrow.

Sunderland would have faced a daunting final day trip to Champions League-chasing Spurs had Wigan kept the relegation dogfight alive by securing victory at Arsenal on Tuesday night.

But the confirmation of Wigan’s fall into the Championship leaves Sunderland with little to play for this weekend, other than pride and a more respectable finishing spot than fourth bottom.

Yet Colback, expected to revert to left-back tomorrow in place of the ineligible Danny Rose, is eager for Sunderland to finish the campaign on a high against one of the Premier League’s heavyweights after a breathless week at the Academy of Light.

Colback said: “There would not be much point preparing all week if we thought it would be a certain Tottenham win.

“Obviously, the odds will be stacked against us. They are any time you go and play a top team.

“But we’ve shown in the past that we can go and match them and we’ll just have to prepare right and go and do that.

“Hopefully we can get something out of the game.”

It is a sentiment shared by team-mate Phil Bardsley, who believes Sunderland have proved they are no pushover under Paolo Di Canio, putting aside the 6-1 rout at Aston Villa.

Sunderland were unfortunate to lose at Chelsea in Di Canio’s first game in charge and managed to come away with a point in their last two games against both Stoke and Southampton, despite poor performances.

Full-back Bardsley believes it is that ability to grind out points which has been key to Sunderland remaining in the Premier League.

“We’ve been hard to beat and that’s been the focal point of the team,” said Bardsley.

“If you’re foundations are good like that, then you’ll carve out a chance at the other end.

“We did that against Southampton, but then gave a sloppy goal away.

“It’s been a good tally from the new manager.

“The last two home games we got a couple of bad results when we thought we might have done better.

“But we still got points on board.”