Jermain Defoe says Sunderland’s ‘luck could run out’ as they face another relegation battle

Jermain Defoe says Sunderland’s 'luck could run out' as they face another relegation battle

Jermain Defoe admits Sunderland’s “luck could run out” as they face another battle against relegation from the Premier League. While the Black Cats striker has warned his teammates they must kick-start their season, “or pay the price”. The Wearside outfit are bottom of the top-flight table, and without a league win in eight games. Having staved off the drop for four of the last five years, Defoe says he remains uncertain as to whether the club have regressed since last term’s ‘Great Escape’. But the 34-year-old is adamant that Sunderland have yet to hit the heights of spring, but must do so soon to avert disaster. “I’m still disappointed to be honest, I don’t think you’re going to be happy until you start winning,” he told safc.com. “I think from where we were last season, towards the end, I still feel like we’ve gone backwards a little bit. Obviously I don’t know why, I can’t put my finger on it. “It’s only because of results, we’re not getting results. So, yeah, I don’t think we can be happy until you start winning. “Probably saying going ‘backwards’ is wrong. “With us, we’ve probably not hit the level that we hit towards the end of last season and, of course, that’s not always going to be the case because it’s a different team, different players. “Players have gone, key players. New players have come in, and it takes time so hopefully we’ll start soon. “Injuries are obviously a massive factor. When you lose players week in, week out, it’s going to change the team.
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“Obviously, Catts is injured, Jan , Pat came off the other day and there are a few more , and not only that but you look at the players who were here and have gone. “So it’s always going to be difficult. New players have come in, it takes time for them to settle in…

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