Westwood - No let-up

by Kate Smith

Stopper says there’s still work to be done ahead of new season.

After a busy month for Paolo Di Canio and his players, goalkeeper Keiren Westwood admits that there’s still a lot of work to be done as the 2013-14 campaign draws closer.

Fresh from the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, and on the back of a 10-day training camp in Italy, the stopper believes the team are on the right track ahead of the opening game of the season.

“It was a good trip, along with the training camp in Italy, it doesn’t bring an end to pre-season but you can see we’re getting there.”

Sunderland have now played four games in preparation for the new term, two warm-up games in Italy and a victory over Tottenham before slipping to defeat against Manchester City in the Asia tournament.

“The win over Spurs was great and I thought we were unlucky against Man City because we started brightly and went behind against the run of play,” Westwood continued.

“It was a great finish from [Edin] Dzeko, which is what you would expect from a player that cost so much. That was the difference maker.”

Westwood played 45 minutes during the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament and  had the opportunity to meet local youngsters when he took part in one  the Premier League’s special community events.

“I enjoyed Hong Kong, but I’ll remember it for the rain, constant rain," the stopper quipped.

“The pitch wasn’t great and at times that affected the football and the way we wanted to play.

“However, there’s a little over two weeks until we play Fulham and yes there’s still work to be done.

“We’re still going to keep up the pace and there’ll be not let up until the season starts.”