Sunderland keeper Lee Camp is under no illusions as to the severity of the Black Cats’ situation.
They host Preston North End this Saturday, knowing that three points is a must in their battle to avoid relegation to League One. Barnsley’s draw at Norwich last night extended the gap between the two sides to four points, with the Tykes having a far better goal difference too.
Camp, on loan from Cardiff, is set for a run in the side after Jason Steele’s dismissal on during the defeat against QPR and he’s well aware of what is required this coming weekend.
“It is a must-win game, simple as that,” he told the Chronicle Live. “It (the Stadium of Light) is a difficult place at the moment and I understand people’s frustrations but we all want the same thing.”
Sunderland have only won twice at home all season, but they did hold Preston to a draw in the first fixture back in September. However, three points is a necessity if they’re to give themselves hope of avoiding third tier football for only the second time in their history.
“I don’t think anybody wants Sunderland to go down, it would make it a lot easier if it was a fortress for away teams to fear coming to visit. We have to try and win the game.”
Just one win in thirteen outings has made the possibility of back to back relegations look likely, with the Black Cats only once competing in the third tier, back in 1987/88.
Sunderland have a real problem on their hands, they look low on confidence and low on quality. Preston are not the sort of side you want in a ‘must win’ game, they’ve beaten Bristol City and Bolton recently and are fighting for a play off spot themselves.
I fear for Sunderland, their relegation would send shock waves through the Football League, but it’s been on the cards all season. A spell in the third tier didn’t do Leicester, Southampton or Wolves any harm though.