Lee Camp has been discussing his time on loan at Sunderland with refreshing honesty, but despite his candid admissions he’s still hopeful the Black Cats can pull of an unlikely great escape.
Camp is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Cardiff and has yet to keep a clean sheet in 12 Championship outings.
“I’m not stupid, I know some of my performances haven’t been great,” he told the Chronicle Live.
“It’s small details, that’s the frustrating thing. This is the precarious situation we’re in, it’s such a tightrope, the pressure’s always on. It’s been unfortunate but there’s still some fight in us yet and there could still be one or two twists and turns to go.”
Sunderland are bottom of the Championship, six points from safety with just three games left to play, but the 33-year old is still convinced they’re in with a chance of survival, however slim.
“Hopefully now Wolves have been promoted that could work in our favour when they have to come here. Hopefully if Cardiff (his parent club) win their game in hand Fulham might have eyes elsewhere too. If we achieve nine points and don’t stay up I think we’ll be able to consider ourselves very, very unfortunate.”
Camp, who left Rotherham for Cardiff City in the summer, is currently keeping Jason Steele out of the Sunderland side as they look to retain their Championship status.
That quest continues on Saturday when fellow strugglers Burton Albion visit the Stadium of Light in a game which could see one, or indeed both sides relegated.
Camp is quite right about one thing, he hasn’t been outstanding but I think he’s being extremely harsh on himself. Clean sheets aren’t all about keepers, they’re the responsibility of defenders too and Sunderland’s have been appalling this season.
They’re heading for League One, they won’t beat Fulham or Wolves I’m afraid. There’s no easy way to dress it up, no matter what rhetoric the players come out with this week.