Paolo Di Canio

PDC: Heart and desire

by Stuart Vose

Boss looks ahead to Saturday's action.

Paolo Di Canio says “heart and desire” are the keys to Saturday’s game at West Bromwich Albion.

Sunderland head to the Midlands looking for three points at the expense of an Albion side who have drawn two and lost two of their opening four games.

Di Canio anticipates a battle and has urged his side to rise to the challenge and take the battling spirit shown in the second half against Arsenal into this weekend’s clash at The Hawthorns.

“This will be another important test for us,” he explained. “It’s another game with different difficulties to the Arsenal game.

“We must never forget that we have to give everything we have from the kick-off against any side, but especially in this game.

“We need to give our heart and passion, otherwise it will be difficult.”

He added: “We can get something from the game if we give it our best focus and help each other on the field.

“I expect a very good game. I expect us to play well, but more important in this kind of game is heart and desire.”

Meanwhile Di Canio feels “absolutely” that his side deserve to have more than a single point on the board at this stage.

And he says continued hard work is an important factor in ensuring his side’s luck turns.

“The Fulham game was a clear picture; we deserved to win but ended up with no points,” he explained.

“We scored early against Southampton and almost grabbed three points, but came back with one.

“We deserved a minimum of a point at Crystal Palace, but it didn’t happen.

“The first half against Arsenal was not good, to be honest. Arsenal are a very good side and we did well [in the second half]; we almost completed the comeback.

“I think we deserve a minimum of three or four more points, but it didn’t happen and that means we have to work even harder to get something that we deserve.”