MARCOS Alonso says Sunderland must ignore the league table and just keep on playing the quality of football they have produced in the past month.
The new signing is certain that the relegation-threatened Black Cats have what it takes to get out of trouble.
And in the wake of the weekend’s 4-1 away win at Fulham which lifts the Wearsiders off the bottom of the table he says the side has to focus on what is to come, rather than what has gone before.
He said: “We have to enjoy the moment at Fulham for what it was – another great victory for us.
“We got what we’ve missed out on in the last few games where I understand we played very well without getting the right result.
“This time we managed to get the three points from a good performance, so I’m pleased.
“I’ve played twice and had two wins and I cannot complain – it could not be better to be honest.
“I think being off the bottom is a good thing and I’m happy about that but we don’t have to look at that side of things too much.
“We just have to keep focused on playing the way we are and I’m sure results will keep on coming and we will get out of the relegation zone, which is something we really need.
“Our position did not look good but it has improved and we have to not worry so much about where we are at, as think about where we might get to.”
The 23-year-old says he has enjoyed being part of a dressing room which is focused and is beginning to believe in itself.
“I think the team is performing well,” he told SportMail. “After two wins in a row, the pressure eases and that helps everyone.
“ We just need to keep going, keep fighting and keep improving confidence.”
The left-back is on loan from Serie A side Fiorentina until the end of the season but has taken to life at Sunderland so swiftly that it is hard not to wonder whether, like fellow loanees, Ki Sung-Yueng and Ondrej Celustka, he might not fancy making the move permanent.
He mused: “You never know.
“ I have three more years left on my contract in Italy but I am really enjoying my time here and we will see what happens.”
l SUNDERLAND midfielder Billy Knott has been recalled from his loan spell at League Two Wycombe.
There has been speculation the 21-year-old could be a target for League One Port Vale, who are keen to bolster their squad with loan additions this month.