Jones keen to stake a claim
Kenwyne Jones insists he and his Sunderland team-mates will not coast through the rest of the season.
Last Updated: 29/04/08 12:21pm
Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones insists he and his team-mates will not coast through the remainder of the season as they play for their futures at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats - who won the Championship last term - ensured top-flight survival with three points against North-East rivals Middlesbrough last weekend, but Jones is adamant that manager Roy Keane will not allow his side to relax on the home straight.
Sunderland travel to Bolton on Saturday before hosting Arsenal on the final day of the season and Jones is well aware that all members of Keane's squad have a point to prove as their boss considers summer transfers.
"Everyone needs to stake their claim to be here and have another shot at the Premier League again," Jones told the Hartlepool Mail.
"There's no fear of our minds being on the beach in the last two games.
"Do you think the manager would allow that? I don't think so. We've worked hard as a squad to achieve our aim of keeping this club in the Premier League.
"And the last thing the manager will want to see is a sloppy attitude in the last couple of games.
"People will still be paying to watch us and we'll still be getting paid to perform, so we have to go out there and do things right."
Meanwhile, Jones is confident he will be fit to face Bolton, despite suffering a cut eye following a clash of heads with Boro defender Emanuel Pogatetz.
"I knew straight away that it had opened up, but it's happened before and will happen again," added Jones.
"The doc and physios did a great job on the pitch patching me up. They glued it back together straight away and there was no need for stitches.
"I'll be fine for Bolton. It will be good to go there knowing we're safe now. We can look forward and hopefully get ourselves another good win."