Ferdinand - Black Cats not safe
Anton Ferdinand admits Sunderland are not safe from the threat of relegation after the recent dip in form.
Last Updated: 05/04/11 12:28pm
Anton Ferdinand admits Sunderland are not safe from the threat of relegation following the team's recent dip in form.
The Black Cats have collected just one point from their last seven Premier League games and have slipped into the bottom half of the table.
Steve Bruce's side have also failed to score in their last four matches and were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City at the weekend.
Sunderland do have a six-point cushion to the relegation zone, but Ferdinand is aware his side could get sucked into the fight for top-flight survival.
"We have to be looking over our shoulders now, definitely, because the league is that tight," Ferdinand told The Journal.
"But it is down to us as players to get back to winning ways.
"We need to look at ourselves, nobody else but ourselves, and we are going to have to do that next weekend at home to West Brom, a team who are fighting for their lives.
"There are not any excuses. We all have to look at ourselves, get on with training this week and make sure we are going into Saturday positive and on the front foot."
Sunderland's final seven games include five against teams below them in the table, with West Brom visiting the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Ferdinand added: "West Brom next weekend is going to be difficult. By no means is it going to be an easy game.
"They are fighting for their lives which, if anything, makes it even more difficult. They will be willing to run the extra mile, and if we don't do that, we will be turned over."