Defender reveals mood inside the Sunderland dressing room ahead of Coventry City and Burton double-header

Alim Ozturk has promised Sunderland supporters that the players are hurting after a disappointing run of form - and has targeted two wins from the squad’s next two outings.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 11:47 am

The Turk returned to the heart of defence during the 1-0 defeat at Priestfield, meaning the Black Cats have now gone four games without tasting victory.

And Ozturk has revealed the mood in the dressing room after another poor performance and result, but insists the squad are remaining upbeat ahead of two crucial fixtures - as Coventry City and Burton Albion prepare to visit the Stadium of Light.

“Everybody’s disappointed,” the defender said.

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Alim Ozturk has promised that Sunderland's squad are hurting

“We have a team, believe me, where everybody wants to win every game. It doesn’t matter which cup or if you play in the league or in a cup.

“We need to stay positive, and we have two really important games so that can change a lot.”

Ozturk’s return was one of the highlights of an otherwise underwhelming evening as he performed well in a makeshift Sunderland backline.

“If I feel I played well but we lose, the feeling is like the result. You feel that, I feel really disappointed.”

Ozturk was paired with Laurens De Bock and youngster Brandon Taylor in the Black Cats’ back three, with Taylor in particular catching the eye.

“I think with young Brandon at the back, I think he did really well,” said Ozturk. “These kind of things are the positives of this game but we are really disappointed about the result.

“But we have two important league games ahead. Two home games, so we want to win both of them and put ourselves in a good position.”