Ready to go: Pickford previews Chelsea trip

Jordan Pickford has called for Sunderland to replicate their midweek performance when they travel to Chelsea on Sunday (KO 3pm).

This weekend’s trip to Stamford Bridge marks the end of The Black Cats’ ten-year stay in the Premier League, with David Moyes’ side preparing for life in the second tier following a disappointing campaign.

But Pickford is refusing to down tools and after impressing against Arsenal on Tuesday evening, the England international wants to end the season on a high. 

“We hope to replicate our performance from midweek against Chelsea and hopefully we take something from the game.

“It’s goinng to be a celebration for them at the week but we’re going to try and go there and get the win.”

He continued: “The fans have been brilliant home and away all season but to see them down at Arsenal on a Tuesday night – for a rearranged game – shows why they’re top fans.

“We were pleased to get their applause after the game and that showed we had a really good go at the game, and that’s all they ever ask from us.

“It was always going to be tough to come down to Arsenal after a disappointing game on Saturday, but for 70 minutes we matched a top team.

“We had a few efforts in the first-half and Petr Cech made some good saves, so we were in the game for the most part and we had a right go.

“Our attitude was there so we can’t complain.”

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