Oatway: Squad in confident mood

by Adam Capper

'Huge postives to take from Liverpool game.'

Sunderland’s first team coach Charlie Oatway has insisted that the club can take huge positives from their performance at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

It took a stunning free-kick from Steven Gerrard and a deflected shot from Daniel Sturridge to get the title chasers past the Black Cats, with the home support celebrating the final whistle.

Ki Sung Yueng’s second half header put Gus Poyet’s side back within touching distance while Lee Cattermole crashed an effort off the bar in a second half dominated by the visitors.

Oatway says the squad must take heart from their efforts, which almost handed a huge blow to the previously free-scoring Merseysiders.

“Once you got in and you’re disappointed with a defeat, for me, you then have to analyse that you were playing Liverpool and Gerrard and the centre forwards they’ve got there and then you’ve got to think about the positives, which for me is what I think you’ve got to take.

“We came out with a little bit of realisation that we can compete against that. Saying that, we knew it already with some of the results we’ve had here but now it’s more about getting the results against the teams which are in and around us” said the former Brighton midfielder.

Ahead of Monday night’s game against West Ham at the Stadium of Light, Oatway revealed that belief in the camp is as strong as ever as the Black Cats look to beat the drop.

“Confidence is a thing that you can only take for yourself so I don’t really know exactly how people are feeling, from what I’ve seen, nothing shows me that there is anyone lacking in confidence, not by any stretch of the imagination” said Oatway.