DAVID Vaughan insists Sunderland must produce a reaction against buoyant QPR this weekend if they are to keep their top eight objective on track.
The Black Cats missed the chance to overhaul the two-point gap with eighth placed Swansea City on Tuesday night after the 2-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Blackburn left Martin O’Neill’s men in ninth spot in the table.
They face another of the sides engulfed in the fight for survival on Saturday when QPR visit the Stadium of Light, fresh from last night’s stunning comeback victory against Liverpool.
Midfielder Vaughan, who made his first start since January at Ewood Park, hopes Sunderland can produce a similar reaction to last month’s 4-0 rout at West Brom, when the Wearsiders almost took the derby spoils at the Sports Direct Arena in their subsequent game.
Vaughan said: “Eighth is still our minimum target. We want to win as many games as we can and get as far in the cup as we can too.
“But we want to finish eighth, which would be a great achievement after the first few months. To do that we’ve got to bounce back because Tuesday wasn’t good enough from us. We’re a better team than that.
“We have bounced back before. We did it after the West Brom game and we have to do it again.
“You can’t win every game and you can’t necessarily play well in every game, but we need to get our season back on track after Blackburn.”
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