Djilobodji issues rallying call

Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji has called on his team-mates to remain calm ahead of Sunday's Premier League fixture against Tottenham.

The Black Cats were handed a humbling 3-0 defeat by Everton on Monday night, but despite the convincing loss to the Merseysiders, there were some positives to be drawn from the match for David Moyes' side.

Particularly in the first half at the Stadium of Light on Monday, the Wearsiders gave a good account of themselves, before Romelu Lukaku put the match beyond them with a hat-trick inside 13 minutes after the break.

Their opponents on Sunday also go into the match having tasted defeat in midweek – a 2-1 loss to AS Monaco at Wembley – although Spurs did dismantle Stoke City 4-0 in their most recent Premier League encounter.

Speaking to the official Sunderland website prior to this weekend's match, Djilobodji has called on his team-mates to build on their first-half performance against Ronald Koeman's side.

"We put in a really good first-half performance against Everton but in the second we lost our focus," said Djilobodji. 

"What we need to do this weekend is produce a similar performance to the first half against Everton but until the final whistle.

"If we can perform like that I think we will win games but we need to put a shift in and keep our concentration.

It is a great pleasure to go and play against great teams like Tottenham Hotspur but when you do face them you know if you give them one chance they will bury it.

"We need to be focussed for the full 90 minutes but I believe, as do the squad, that we can go to White Hart Lane and win the game, so we’re training hard and we want to show what we can do.

"The manager is also working very hard with us and he’s giving us the confidence to go out there and get three points for the fans, the staff and ourselves."