Paolo Di Canio refuses to entertain suggestion Sunderland could struggle

MY BALL ... Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon (top) and Sunderland's Ondrej Celustka in action.
MY BALL ... Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon (top) and Sunderland's Ondrej Celustka in action.

PAOLO Di Canio had no time for those suggesting in the aftermath of their defeat at Selhurst Park that Sunderland might be in trouble.

One point from nine after games against Fulham, Southampton and Crystal Palace has left the Black Cats joint bottom of the table with West Bromwich Albion.

And he was asked: “ Are you not worried about the points situation so far, especially with the games coming up.

“You have home games coming up against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United meaning you might have barely any points in October.”

But Di Canio looked at his questioner quizically before responding: “We have games to play every week and we will look to win every game every week.

“As a manager you simply cannot go into a game pre-judging matches and expect to lose or draw, you always have to believe you will win.

“Why can’t we win at home against the top teams with our fans behind us? You cannot think in a defeatist way as a manager.”

Di Canio remains convinced that even are set for an opening few months of struggle they will come good eventually.

“This is not a situation that I have not been in before,” he said.

“ At Swindon we struggled at first because we didn’t have strength and quality but we brought in one or two players and gradually we got better.

“That will happen for us at Sunderland.

“The season I’m expecting to have, I’m sure we will have a good one.

“I’m sure we have the quality to beat Arsenal at home.

“We will play more football because Arsenal will come to football. We will have more strength, experience and we are going to do a good job.

“After 12-14 games if you’re still down at the bottom, you can start worrying about having a problem.

“But right now, three games in, yes I’m angry, but I still feel we could have won the game against Palace had it not been for a couple of rubbish goals.

“We just need players back, players to get fit, a new player or two in and greater confidence in the side.

“I don’t think we were too far away in the game against Palace.”