Gray seeking Reds response
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andy Gray says Sunderland are still optimistic about their chances this season.Andy Gray says Sunderland are still optimistic about their chances this season, despite a disappointing home loss to Charlton Athletic.
The Black Cats were looking to end their run of 15 consecutive Premiership defeats, dating back from their previous spell in England's top flight, but were humbled by The Addicks.
Rather than focusing on the negatives from the game, Gray and co are looking forward to taking on European champions Liverpool this weekend.
The former Sheffield United, Bradford and Leeds striker believes all the pressure will be on Rafa Benitez's men and that will give the North East side a chance at Anfield.
"The dressing room was obviously a disappointed place but the lads are still optimistic," explained Gray to the Evening Chronicle.
"We're looking forward to the challenge ahead and relish the fact we've got Liverpool next.
"Everyone will expect Liverpool to win but that's a pressure in itself and something they're going to have all season after becoming European champions."
Gray was delighted to score on his debut for Sunderland, but is taking little personal glory from the clash as his side finished pointless against 10-man Charlton.
"It was great to score but it's hard to feel very happy about it now because we ended up losing the game," he added.
"I was just in the right place at the right time to score and it was a straightforward goal. It was important at the time because it put us level, but it didn't win us any points in the end."