Sunderland are own worst enemies says West Brown after 5-1 thumping at Spurs

BAD NIGHT: Tottenham's Harry Kane  scores a goal in front of Sunderland's Wes Brown
BAD NIGHT: Tottenham's Harry Kane scores a goal in front of Sunderland's Wes Brown

WES BROWN admits Sunderland are their own worst enemies after a horrifying second half capitulation at Tottenham edged them ever closer to the drop.

Despite taking the lead at White Hart Lane last night, Sunderland suffered their heaviest defeat of the campaign to leave Gus Poyet’s side seven points adrift of safety with seven games to go.

The 5-1 loss was even more galling after Lee Cattermole’s first-ever goal for Sunderland had given the Black Cats a platform to pull off an unlikely victory.

But rock-bottom Sunderland again paid the price for self-inflicted errors, with stand-in skipper Brown at fault for the opening two goals.

That has been the case throughout this season and Brown realises Sunderland somehow need to cut them out if they are to stand any chance of pulling off escape from the jaws of relegation.

Brown, who insists Sunderland cannot give up hope of surviving, said: “Their player has got behind me for the first and second goals. I should be closer and then I just couldn’t get there.

“We can talk all we want to about having to cut out the mistakes, but we have to.

“We have to do better when we’re going forwards too. We’re not helping ourselves.

“We’ve just got to keep going.

“The table doesn’t lie, it’s bad. But we’ve got to keep going. That’s all you can do.

“Of course it’s difficult. You can try not to look at how bad it is, but you do. Unless we can produce 90 minutes where we’re 100 per cent, we can only blame ourselves.

“We’ve got to show it throughout the game. We have spells of 10 or 15 minutes here or there.”

“We’ve just got to keep going, we’ve got to show a bit of pride in ourselves and keep on grinding it out.”

Meanwhile, Brown was left with a huge swelling under his eye after a second half collision with Kane, although the 34-year-old didn’t require any stitches to the injury.

“He just ran out at me and we ran into each other, but it’s fine,” he added.