Sunderland won’t take Peace Cup third/fourth place tie lightly

TAKING IT SERIOUSLY: Carlos Cuellar

TAKING IT SERIOUSLY: Carlos Cuellar

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CARLOS Cuellar has promised Sunderland will not be taking Sunday’s game against Groningen lightly, despite failing to reach the Peace Cup final.

The Black Cats face the Eredivisie side after the Dutchman lost 2-1 to Hamburg last night.

But although it may be the battle for the wooden spoon, the Spaniard says it is a golden opportunity to improve match fitness and catch the eye.

“Of course I’m disappointed not to be in my second Peace Cup final in a row,” he said. “We are all disappointed not to make the final.

“We felt we were a little unlucky not to get something out of a very tight game against Seongnam.

“We did everything we could in that match and now we have to do everything we can in the next one.

“It is for third and fourth place in the competition – not to win the Peace Cup – but it is still very important to us and we will give just as much effort.

“We really need to improve our fitness for the season and this is the way to do it.

“On top of that, we want to give the fans who came here a good performance and a win.”