Cuellar urges focus


Spaniard hoping for positive performance against champions.

Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar has urged his team-mates to focus on turning in a big performance against Manchester United this weekend.

The Spaniard, who started his first Barclays Premier League game of the season in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, feels the Black Cats are just a win away from putting a run of results together.

“It’s another big game and we have to recover well and start thinking about them [Manchester United],” Cuellar said. “We have to keep the confidence and the belief."

Cuellar also recognised that, whilst the players’ efforts in the Liverpool defeat couldn’t be faulted, there were things he and his team-mates could do better in the future.

“We put 100% in, we put our hearts in, we tried to do our best and you can see that in the performance,” the 32-year-old added.

“We’ve got to do better in some things but no one can say we didn’t give 100% and everything we have inside.”

Cuellar was quick to praise the fans on the back of the Liverpool defeat as the Stadium of Light faithful were in fine voice throughout the game.

“It was unbelievable; they were behind us all the time and they were pushing us,” Cuellar continued. “When we scored our goal it was a really good help for us because we could feel the crowd and feel the atmosphere which pushed us a little bit more.”