Duncan Watmore lifts lid on mood inside Sunderland dressing room and delivers verdict on under-fire Phil Parkinson

Duncan Watmore insists Sunderland’s dressing room is united behind Phil Parkinson and is convinced the team can start putting things right by climbing the League One table.

The Black Cats are now winless in eight games after another laboured performance against Blackpool, coming after a week in which Parkinson made the decision to exclude Aiden McGeady from the first-team group.

Watmore recognised Sunderland’s troubling league position but insists he is staying positive.

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“From a personal point of view I have been fully focused on this game,” he said.

Sunderland forward Duncan WatmoreSunderland forward Duncan Watmore
Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore

“We wanted the win, it is a good dressing room and we are focused on starting to win games and climb the table.

”I think the fans have seen that everyone out there was fighting for the shirt, like we always should, but we were. This is a good group of lads and today we were pushing but we just couldn’t get that win.

“The manager has been brilliant since he came in, he really has. We have to show the fans we are working hard for them because they are a good group of people and staff. We want the points for them, for us and the for the fans.

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“I've seen a lot of good things at the football club,” he added.

“I've always had a positive outlook and I've always felt that it's a really good group of lads.

“It's hard to put your finger on why it hasn't been going right.

“It's a good group and we've just got to take it out into the pitch.

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“You have to keep looking at the bigger picture. I still see a lot of positivity, it's such a brilliant club with such a brilliant fanbase.

“The manager has been brilliant and it's a good group of lads. I'm not just saying all of that, it's true.

“I know that if we stay together and keep working hard, the results will come.

“I know they have to, I know it's all well and good me saying this, the fans pay their money and they want to see it on the pitch, I understand that.

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“Hopefully we showed a bit more today, and people will hopefully have seen we are working hard for the shirt.”