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Jones in Sunderland rallying cry

Kenwyne Jones
Jones has scored nine Premier League goals this season

Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones has said that the Black Cats are confident of survival ahead of Sunday's final game of the season.

The Wearsiders face Chelsea at the Stadium of Light knowing that a victory will guarantee their survival in the Premier League.

"All we can do is put in a big effort," Jones told BBC Newcastle.

"We're looking forward to Sunday seeing that we have a chance to survive without depending on anyone else."

The 24-year-old added that Ricky Sbragia's side will hold no fear going into the game, having ground out impressive draws against Arsenal and turning in strong performances against Liverpool and Manchester United.

"At home against the top four we've done pretty well and no one has battered us or run over us," said Jones.

"Hopefully we can take that out on Sunday and get a result.

"No one has given us a chance and we're already the underdogs so all we can do is go out and give it a big effort."

The Trinidad and Tobago international was a Southampton player when the Saints were relegated from the Premier League in 2005, but was shielded from the pain while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City in the Championship.

Sunderland will be safe if one or both of Hull City and Newcastle fail to win, but Jones has urged his side to ignore the distractions and concentrate on beating Chelsea.

The most we can do is go and play the game and then what happens afterwards, happens

Kenwyne Jones

"I haven't done the final-day drama as yet, but hopefully this will be a good one," he said.

"There will be a lot of teams looking for the result but the only thing we can do is play well and hope for the best.

"You can't think of all the different scenarios just before you're going to play because you won't focus on the game, and put too much pressure on yourself.

"The most we can do is go and play the game and then what happens afterwards happens."

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Jones honest on Sunderland plight
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