Vito Mannone says Sunderland target FA Cup boost against Burnley
Last Updated: 05/01/17 8:35am
Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone believes the team can build momentum for the remainder of the Premier League campaign with a win over Burnley in the FA Cup.
The teams clash in the third round of the FA Cup at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and gives Sunderland the opportunity to avenge a heavy loss to the Clarets on New Year's Eve.
Burnley won that match 4-1 with a hat-trick from Andre Gray and another goal from Ashley Barnes, before Jermain Defoe netted a consolation for the Black Cats.
Mannone, who returned from a lengthy injury for the defeat at Burnley, is hopeful Sunderland can build on a crucial point gained against Liverpool on Monday.
"For me (the game against Burnley was difficult) because it was my first game for three or four months due to injury," the 28-year-old told the club website.
"We can't do it against the big clubs and then not against the clubs in and around us, but if we do it, starting this weekend against Burnley, we have a chance and they beat us too easy on New Year's Eve."
Sunderland, who are 18th in the league, have won just once in their last six games after an encouraging run of form had raised hopes of a surge up the standings.
"We have to keep fighting for each other because the crowd will get behind us and we'll get the results to stay up," Mannone added.
Following Saturday's encounter, the Black Cats will refocus their attention to the league as they host Stoke City on January 14 before visiting West Brom seven days later.