DeAndre Yedlin believes Sunderland will stay up with repeat of first half West Ham effort

DeAndre Yedlin in action for Sunderland during their 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID
DeAndre Yedlin in action for Sunderland during their 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID
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DeAndre Yedlin believes Sunderland will beat the drop this season – if they produce the same level of performance as they showed against West Ham.

The Black Cats drew 2-2 with the Hammers on Saturday at the Stadium of Light in what proved to be Dick Advocaat’s final game in charge of the club.

Sunderland were superb in the first period until conceding a goal on the stroke of half-time, with goals from Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens putting them in control.

It means they’re still to win a Premier League game this season and sit second-bottom of the table.

But on-loan Yedlin, who made his Premier League debut in the clash, believes the club will be fine this season if they can replicate that first-half form.

“We needed to be positive and it showed,” the full-back told safc.com. “Everybody had great energy and a great spirit about them. If we carry that on then things will start to work in our favour.

“We showed what we are capable of in the first half. In that first 40 minutes we can put teams away quickly and if we can continue that then we’ll be OK this year. “