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Squad focused on safety - Collins

Danny Collins
Collins was relegated with Sunderland in 2005-06

Sunderland defender Danny Collins believes a clear-the-air chat within the squad will help them to get over Saturday's 3-0 defeat by West Brom.

The result pulled the Wearsiders back into danger of relegation and Collins said the players are hungry to make amends against Everton on Sunday.

"We're a bunch of grown men and we've sat and discussed it between ourselves," he told BBC Newcastle.

"We know it wasn't good enough, we need to get out there and put it behind us."

At 28, Collins is one of the more senior members of the Sunderland squad.

And unlike some of the newer arrivals, such as Craig Gordon, Djibril Cisse and Steed Malbranque, he has been through the disappointment of relegation before.


"I've been part of a Sunderland team relegated a couple of seasons back and it's not a nice feeling. It's not something you want on your CV really," he said.

"We don't want to get dragged back into the bottom three and we've got four more games to ensure we don't, we need three or four points to get ourselves away from the teams below us.

"We're in the pole position to get ourselves out of it, if we don't get any points out of these four games then perhaps we do deserve to go down, we've got to work as a team out there and come away with some points."

The Wales international joined Sunderland in October 2004 from Chester City for £140,000 and has made more than 150 appearances.

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