Same effort required - Brown

by Stuart Vose

Defender hoping to take City performance into away trip.

Wes Brown is hoping his side can replicate their recent efforts when they head to Stoke on Saturday.

The Black Cats have won each of their last two games and three of their last four outings, starting with the 2-1 Wear-Tyne derby success over Newcastle on October 27.

Brown, who returned to senior duty as a substitute at Hull earlier this month, won widespread praise after playing a key role in the 1-0 victory over Manchester City last time out.

And more of the same performance-wise at the Britannia Stadium this weekend would be an ideal scenario for Brown, who has reprised his central defensive partnership with John O’Shea.

It’s a game we can win but we have to make sure put in the same effort and concentration

- Brown on Stoke test

“Most people outside Sunderland probably thought we’d be beaten by City, but we’ve been training hard,” he told

“We’ve battled on since [the away game at] Hull and got some good results.

“There’s confidence in the dressing room and the lads are enjoying it. We have to go into this game trying to take it to Stoke and play as we did against City.”

Sunderland’s passing football has also been highlighted in recent games – particularly the win over City - but Brown says the Black Cats can’t afford any complacency as they look to push onwards.

“The head coach wants this team to play [passing] football and that’s what we’re trying to do,” he explained.

“These things take time and don’t happen overnight – we can’t all be thinking we’re going to win on Saturday just because we beat City.

“It’s a game we can win but we have to make sure put in the same effort and concentration.”

Sunderland face a Stoke side under new management this season after Mark Hughes replaced Tony Pulis.

The Potters sit just three points ahead of Sunderland and Brown says the trip to the Potteries will be typically competitive.

“One of my friends is a Stoke fan and he says they have been playing in a different way," he explained.

“We’ve got to show them what we can do, but it will be difficult – it always is there.

“After the City game maybe it would have been better if we had had a match the week afterwards, but it didn’t turn out like that.

“The lads went into the [international] break with a lot of confidence so hopefully they can all carry that on.”