Sunderland’s Brown targets another City win

Wes Brown
Wes Brown

WES BROWN says Sunderland are looking to extend their winning streak against Manchester City after taking a point from Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The Black Cats became only the third team this season to take points off Chelsea in Saturday’s Stadium of Light stalemate and could even have ended the unbeaten record of Jose Mourinho’s men.

Man City are next up on Wearside on Wednesday night and centre-half Brown has warned that Sunderland are looking to register a fifth successive home win over the reigning Premier League champions.

“We go into the game looking to win it and if we show the same commitment again, I’m sure we’ll have chances,” said Brown.

“If you ask any player which teams they want to play, they’d say the top four or five. I suppose you would be up for it a little bit more and wanting to do really well.

“Everyone is watching and why not play well against the best teams?”

Chelsea arrived at the Stadium of Light in imperious form, yet Mourinho’s men failed to find the net for the first time since May.

Sunderland hit the bar through Santiago Vergini and had the better of the half-chances during the second half, with Adam Johnson and Jozy Altidore both going close during the finale.

Brown said: “We made it very difficult. I thought Catts (Lee Cattermole) was tremendous, like most of the lads, and that gave us a good balance and we showed them they were not going to have it all their own way.

“We went in at half-time 0-0 and in the second half, anything can happen.

“There were a few tired legs and they had some good chances as well – not perfect chances, but they had a couple of half-chances and then at the end, we probably could have nicked it as well.

“We are happy with the result. We maybe could have nicked it, but it was a good Chelsea team and we put everything in and managed to stop them scoring and get the draw.”

A point extended Sunderland’s unbeaten run to four games, with the Black Cats registering clean sheets in each of the last two.

“It’s just back to basics, doing everything right, not necessarily making it difficult for ourselves, playing simple football, but in a quick way and defending how we know we can defend, where we make it very difficult for teams to score,” Brown added.