DANNY Rose insists Sunderland cannot afford to go into hiding after fluffing a golden opportunity to ease their worries at the wrong end of the Premier League.
Martin O’Neill’s side continue to average just a point a game – only two above the bottom three – ahead of Sunday’s trip to a Norwich team unbeaten in their last six Premier League outings.
But left-back Rose, one of the few on show to emerge with any credit, says Sunderland’s confidence-drained players must face up to the challenge of emerging from their precarious position.
Rose said: “We can’t afford to hide now. We need 11 fighters on the field and seven fighters on the bench, who are willing to come on and help us.
“We’ve got a great team spirit, and we’re just waiting for our luck to change.
“At the weekend, we were disappointed with how we lost the game against West Brom.
“Last night was a game we wanted to win, and thought we could win, but it was always going to be difficult with a team with a new manager.
“They get an extra 20 per cent buzz around the team and the confidence goes up. It was difficult.”
Man of the Match Rose’s confidence certainly isn’t lacking, despite Sunderland’s precarious position.
The England Under-21 left-back was Sunderland’s most threatening player, and continued his fine form since arriving on a season-long loan from Spurs.
But Rose says that with his future uncertain beyond the end of the campaign, he needs to impress during his stint with the Black Cats.
“I feel this is a chance to show everybody what I can do,” said the 22-year-old.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the season, but I’m playing for my future at the minute, so it’s difficult to compare myself to other players.
“Full-backs nowadays have to try to get forward and create opportunities for the strikers.
“I’d like to think I do that for a team.
“Maybe you’d like to get a midfielder or striker to get man of the match, but I’m just trying to keep doing what I’m doing.
“I was feeling a bit under the weather in the second half, a bit lethargic which is why I wasn’t getting forward as much.
“But I was reasonably happy with my performance, and hopefully I can keep it going.”