Steven Fletcher: 'Sunderland can stay in Premier League'

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher insists that the club has the ability to survive in the Premier League this season, despite only one win in nine matches.

Steven Fletcher has insisted that Sunderland can avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, despite having won just once so far in nine matches.

The Black Cats currently sit in the relegation zone, but can climb out of the bottom three with a win over Crystal Palace on Monday.

Fletcher told Sky Sports News: "The clubs I have been at, I'm used to it. The ups and downs, I am used to that kind of thing with being at Burnley and being at Wolves, so I kind of just take each day as it comes.

"We know we have got the ability to stay in this league. The players we have got, you see it in training every day, some of the performances from the lads.

"But we just need to do it as a team and do it on a Saturday, or on a Monday. Obviously if we could be safe before we were last year, it would be a bit better, but we know we have got the team to get through a bad situation, like we showed last year."

Sunderland have conceded 10 goals in their last two Premier League outings.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland at The Hawthorns on August 16, 2014
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