Advocaat guns for victory at Arsenal to seal the deal in Sunderland’s push for safety

Sebastian Coates battles against Leicester today
Sebastian Coates battles against Leicester today

DICK ADVOCAAT insists Sunderland will look to emerge victorious from Wednesday’s trip to Arsenal, despite a point being sufficient to beat the drop.

Sunderland will enter the final week of the season with their Premier League status still in jeopardy after the Black Cats were held to a frustrating stalemate by Leicester City today.

However, Sunderland have extended the gap with the drop zone to three points and only require a solitary draw from the final two games at Arsenal and Chelsea to rubber-stamp their survival.

Even if Sunderland lose both encounters, Hull would need to beat Manchester United on the last day of the season, while Newcastle may require a win too, depending on goal difference.

Advocaat remains confident that Sunderland will be successful in their bid to avoid falling into the Championship, and will approach the game at Arsenal with a win in his sights.

“We will go out there to try to win the game, the same as Swansea did,” said the head coach.

“But if you go out there to play for one point, you have no chance.

“We still have to do something by ourselves.

“We still have everything in our own hands and why is it not possible to get a point?

“I have a good feeling about that.”

Sunderland couldn’t break down a Leicester side, who have now secured their Premier League status after a remarkable run of 19 points from the last eight games.

But Advocaat was not too disheartened at the outcome, revealing he would have accepted four points from the last two games if it had been offered beforehand.

He added: “I cannot complain about the team today. They worked very, very hard, the organisation was okay.

“We knew that Leicester with their set-pieces could do something.

“They did not get normal chances and we didn’t get that many either, maybe a few more.

“But before the game last week, we said before if we got four points out of two (games) then you would be very happy.

“At the end, I cannot ask more because that’s what I have.

“The good thing is that when (Adam) Johnson came on, you could see the quality this team has missed for a long time because he has the brilliance to open something.”