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Fine margins - Vaughan

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by Stuart Vose

One moment can be spark, says midfielder.

David Vaughan feels Sunderland aren't too far away from Barclays Premier League wins.

Martin O'Neill has said his Black Cats face a test of character after exiting the Capital One Cup to Middlesbrough in midweek. 

Villa have had a couple of half-decent results recently so their confidence will be improving. We've got to try and turn our season around too.

- David Vaughan

But they remain amongst the stingiest top-flight teams at the back and have lost just one league game so far.

And Vaughan says just one moment could be a turning point and get confidence – and goals – flowing again.

The midfielder was the architect of a similar change last season, scoring a crucial goal against Blackburn in Martin O'Neill's first game in charge.

Sunderland were a goal down against Rovers only for Vaughan to crash home a late equaliser before Seb Larsson won the match with an injury-time free-kick.

The result sparked an incredible turnaround as a tough run gave way to a lengthy patch of red-hot form.

“That goal changed the whole game and after that we went on a great run,” Vaughan said.

“The impact the manager had was incredible and hopefully we can do that again this season.

“I feel like we're close. That final pass and cross in the final third is letting us down and the minute and maybe we need that bit more patience and quality.

“When you get on a run and are picking up points you always feel like you're going to win games.

“Sometimes it's difficult when you're not winning but hopefully we can get the goal we need to change things around.”

Sunderland welcome Aston Villa to Wearside this weekend with Paul Lambert's side encountering struggles of their own.

Villa haven't won in the league since mid-September but did enjoy a cup boost in midweek, running out 3-2 victors at Npower League One side Swindon Town.

“They have had a difficult start to the season but we know it's going to be a tough game,” Vaughan added.

“They have some good players in the squad and we will have to be on our toes.

“With a few wins the atmosphere in the stadium and the dressing room totally changes.

“Villa have had a couple of half-decent results recently so their confidence will be improving. We've got to try and turn our season around too.”