Portsmouth v Sunderland: The 10 key updates from Jack Ross' press conference

Sunderland boss Jack Ross faced the press today ahead of the trip to Portsmouth - and there was plenty on the agenda.

Thursday, 20th December 2018, 1:36 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th December 2018, 1:38 pm
Jack Ross faced the press this afternoon

From contract talks to Portsmouth preparations, Ross address a host of subjects ahead of the trip to Fratton Park in what could prove to be an important fixture in the League One title race. Scroll down and click through the pages to find out the key talking points from the press conference and the Scot's thoughts on a range of subjects:

"What Portsmouth have done has been fantastic, to lead the table so long and be consistent. They have been strong in terms of their results"
"I think it's like all games. Individually, they're not going to define the season unless it's the final game of the season and the outcome of that will determine where you finish."

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"I would be hopeful that they will both remain at the club, and if they are remaining then we should know sooner rather than later."
"I don't envisage, or want to do, too much. If we can strengthen in one, possibly two areas, we'll do that. I'm conscious that we did a lot of work in the summer and rebuilt the squad."
"You mentioned pride, the club should take enormous satisfaction too, with the numbers that have been gifted. It is something I would envisage might be replicated by other clubs."
"The expectation and pressure, I live with that every day in this job. There is a responsibility for us to deliver on Boxing Day, we may have an extra 10,000 to please - hopefully we can do that."
"I have watched all of. It paints a very good picture of this area, it captures the essence of this club and the passion. I enjoyed it. The production company behind it have done a great job."
"To only lose one game in 20 in the league is a good record. That air of optimism around the place, we have managed to harness that and we can continue to grow it."
"We have a couple of potential worries, but we'll assess those tomorrow. By and large, it will be a similar squad to last weekend. Reece James is back training."
"Already I think we've seen that we've rotated the squad at times to freshen the personnel. It's understandable that we'll freshen the team up as we go along."