Steve Sidwell insists that, despite Sunderland’s patchy form this season, Sunday’s game is no foregone conclusion and that his Fulham side will need to produce a good performance to come away with three points.
The Black Cats arrive in London with just one win to their name so far in the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign, but Sidwell is taking nothing for granted.
“Obviously they’re going through a bit of a tough time at the moment,” he told fulhamfc.com. “They’re not picking up as many wins as they’d like to.
“I’ve played under Martin O’Neill so I know what he expects from his team and they’re going to come down on Sunday looking to get the three points and nothing else so we’ve got to be fully aware and make sure we concentrate from the first whistle.
“If we do that and play the way we’ve been playing recently then we should get a result.”
The Whites are unbeaten in five matches and Sidwell is looking forward to returning to home comforts as we aim to propel ourselves up the Premier League table.
“Our home form’s always been there,” he admitted. “Even before I joined, the home record of this football club has always been immense so that’s great. It’s always been the away record that’s let the teams down.
“This year we’ve done well away from home though so far, but we’ve got to make sure we keep winning at home to maintain our record at the Cottage. If we do that, and keep picking up the odd points away from home then obviously we’ll be in for a good finish.”