Striker wants to build on well-earned Midlands draw.
Fabio Borini believes Sunderland’s hard work and endeavour paid off in Saturday’s game with Aston Villa after the Black Cats came away with a point.
However, the Italian revealed that he felt the team’s efforts deserved to be rewarded with maximum points.
We gave a very good performance and we stuck at the task in hand for the entire 90 minutes
- Fabio Borini
“It was a good point and we had to work very hard to get it. It’s not easy going to Villa Park and playing a team that has done well recently, especially when you consider our recent results away from home.
“We gave a very good performance and we stuck at the task in hand for the entire 90 minutes. We were consistent from the first to the last minute.”
However, the on-loan striker was left frustrated after Sunderland were unable to convert one of the many chances that they had on goal.
“We changed positions a lot during the game to make it harder for defenders to mark us,” Borini continued. “I moved out to the right and [Emanuele] Giaccherini was on the left and we both created chances from there.”
Giaccherini had the best chance of the game, just before the break, when he sent the ball over the top from close range, while Borini was denied by the bar in the second period.
We did well to create the chances but we need to be a lot more clinical in games and take those chances and finish them off
- Borini on opportunities
“We did well to create the chances,” he added, “but we need to be a lot more clinical in games and take those chances and finish them off.
“I think if we had done that against Aston Villa we could have been 3-0 up after the first half.
“At the break the head coach told us to keep going and doing what we were doing, at that point we had only done half of the job and our objective was to give a solid performance for 90 minutes – and I think, for the first time, we did that.”
The Italian hopes the point away from home gives the team a platform to build on ahead of a busy programme of fixtures in December.
“It’s a great point to pick up away from home, he concluded, “and a timely confidence boost ahead of our run of games.”