Sunderland goalkeeper Jason Steele has demanded his side return to winning ways when they visit Preston in the Championship on Saturday.
The Black Cats have failed to win any of their last eight league matches and they are currently second-bottom of the standings following their 5-2 hammering at the hands of Ipswich last time out.
Former Blackburn stopper Steele returned to the starting line-up for the defeat at Portman Road and he has now issued a rallying cry to his side ahead of Saturday’s trip to Deepdale, where Sunderland will come up against the division’s best defence.
“We’ve got to go out on Saturday and whoever plays has got to win a football match,” Steele was quoted as saying by the club’s website.
“I’m pretty sure you’ve heard it all before and over the last couple of weeks but it needs to stop – losing football matches and accepting losing football matches – it’s as simple as that.”
The former England Under-21 international insists it is not acceptable for a club of Sunderland’s stature to be losing so many matches and he has called for them to kick that habit before it is too late.
He continued: “I think we’ve got to work hard over the next couple of days on the training ground to put it right.
“We started okay [this season] but we lose a couple of games and it’s almost like it becomes a habit and it’s acceptable. It’s a habit that needs to end.”
Sunderland are priced at 4.20 to win Saturday’s match, while Preston are available at 1.85 and the draw is on offer at 3.60.