Jordi Gomez insists Sunderland have demonstrated glimpses of being a “good team” this season but must find consistency if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The Spaniard has featured just five times this season but is set to retain his place in the side for Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace – and thinks the game represents a good chance for the Black Cats to “crack on”.
The Wearsiders remain second bottom of the Premier League, four points from a position of safety and with a sole league win to their name.
Their predicament could worsen following the weekend’s round of top-flight fixtures.
But striving to be more solid defensively, Gomez – who scored in last season’s “very important” victory at Selhurst Park – is hoping history repeats itself, and provides the kick-start to a troubled campaign.
“I scored in the win last season, and we had a great game down there,” he said, of a 3-1 win last November which stemmed that season’s early malaise.
“It was a very important three points, at a very important time for us. Hopefully, we can do the same this season.
“Last season, we were in the bottom three when we went to Crystal Palace, but we won there and that helped us climb up the league over the next couple of months. Hopefully, it will be the same case this season.
“We need a positive result, and if we get it on Monday there is no reason why we can’t crack on from there.
“Winning at Palace last year gave us confidence. Doing it again this year would do the same and help us get more good results.
“We have shown signs of being a good team this season.
“There have been games where little things have gone against us, so we have to make sure that those little things go in our favour from now on.
“If that happens, we can start to get points and good results. Obviously we have to improve, everybody knows that, but I think we have the base of a good squad.”