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Duncan Watmore believes positive outlook can help Sunderland beat Aston Villa

Duncan Watmore in action against Liverpool
Duncan Watmore in action against Liverpool

Sunderland must dust themselves down and bounce back quickly ahead of the biggest game of the season, insists Duncan Watmore.

Watmore, who played over an hour in last night’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool after coming on for the injured Jack Rodwell, was left deeply frustrated by the fifth straight defeat.

It has left Sam Allardyce’s side in deep trouble, seven points adrift of safety. But Watmore says his team-mates can’t feel sorry for themselves and must gear themselves up for the visit of bottom side Aston Villa on Saturday.

“We know Villa is a big game but we have to treat it as professionally as you can and play your own game,” he said.

“We know the situation but we need to treat it as any other game and try and win and that’s what we will try and do.

“If we all apply ourselves properly we can pick up three points.

“We are looking at three positive results to get out the bottom three. We know where we are and we need those positive results quickly.

“The only way we can do that is by playing well and having a positive outlook on it.

“That is what we need to do, pick up good results,” added Watmore, who has broken into the first team picture this season.

Sunderland had looked resolute for the opening 45 minutes, but Christian Benteke’s goal 22 seconds into the second half proved fatal.

“It was very frustrating, especially the way it happened especially so soon into the second half,” added Watmore.

“I think the timing of the goal was the worst thing and really frustrating on our part.

“Ultimately it has led to us losing the game.”