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I want to play my part - Sunderland midfielder Zenden

Boudewijn Zenden
Zenden has made just two league starts since signing in October 2009

Sunderland midfielder Boudewijn Zenden insists he has no intention of winding down his first-team career at the Stadium of Light.

Zenden, 34, starred in Saturday's goalless draw with Manchester United, his sole league start this season.

"Although I'm the oldest in the squad, I still believe I can play my part," Zenden told BBC Newcastle.

"They appreciate me for what I do in the dressing room, but I don't get enough satisfaction from that."

Zenden continued: "The only way to do that is prove it on the pitch as well, and grab the chance when you get it."

The draw with United at the Stadium of Light showed further signs of progress for Sunderland, who have also taken points from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City already this campaign.

Next up for the Black Cats after the international break is a Premier League encounter with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, potentially tricky territory for the former Netherlands international and his team-mates.

"We're happy to get results, obviously, against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, but it seems like it's easy to show up when we play the big ones, but we have to be dominant when we play the smaller ones," added Zenden, who signed a one-year contract extension at Sunderland in the summer.

"We have to be patient, and play the ball and create our chances.

"You can't expect to play Manchester United and not give away any chances, at times they're going to come and knock on your door, and we dealt with it well.

"It's one of those where if you play the likes of Blackburn, you have to do the same thing, be positive, try to get on the ball and try to keep them away from the goal.

"If we play like we did on Saturday, compact and together, then we should be able to do that as well in the other games."



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