Wickham: Sunderland can stay up

Wickham scored on Saturday as Sunderland battled to a 1-1 draw at Stoke, but victories for??Hull and Leicester meant both sides leapfrogged the Black Cats in the??table, moving them from 16th to 18th.

The striker, who was a key man in the club’s successful survival bid last term, is convinced??there is enough quality in the squad to keep the club in the top flight.

The 22-year-old said: “There are only five games left, but it is still a long??way to go.

“And although it is going to be difficult, I think we have more than enough??talent in the changing room to take on the teams we have got to play and get the??points we need to stay safe.”

Wickham feels Saturday’s performance against Stoke is a good indicator??that Sunderland can stay up.

He added: “I think the way we performed in the second half, if we??keep doing that from now until the end of the season, we will be more than??fine.

“In the first half, after scoring, maybe we should have attacked and tried to??take them on a bit more.

“But I think we can be proud with the way we performed in the second half -??even if we are a bit disappointed we didn’t come away with three points, as we had numerous chances to score.

“We need to start the next game (Saturday’s home clash with Southampton) as we??finished the Stoke one.”