Wes Brown: 'Vito Mannone needs to get over mistake'

Adam Johnson of Sunderland celebrates with teammates Ji Dong-Won and Wes Brown after scoring the opening goal from a free kick during the game against Carlisle on January 5, 2014
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Sunderland defender Wes Brown believes that keeper Vito Mannone needs to put his error against Manchester City behind him quickly.

Sunderland defender Wes Brown has insisted that Vito Mannone has to get over his costly error quickly to focus on his side's battle against relegation.

Mannone made a late mistake in the Black Cats' 2-2 draw with Manchester City to cost his side two vital points at the Etihad Stadium, leaving them six points adrift of safety with just five games left this season.

Brown told the club's official website: "I'm sure Vito will be fine - it's happened to us a lot this season - It was me last week and the quicker you get over it the better.

"There's still a chance we can do what we need to do and that's what we've got to keep hoping and striving for. The result against City can give us the confidence to go out and turn in more performances to achieve that."

Sunderland take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Man City's Sergio Aguero and Sunderland's Wes Brown battle for the ball on November 10, 2013
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