Captain Mile Jedinak is wary that Crystal Palace have lost both matches after international breaks this season and has told his team-mates to reverse the trend against Sunderland.
The Black Cats travel to Selhurst Park for Monday Night Football to face a Palace team buoyant after their win at Liverpool last time out.
But Jedinak is taking nothing for granted against the struggling Wearsiders, who won 3-1 at Palace a year ago on a night the Australia international was sent off.
In his programme notes, Jedinak said: “The last time we played them at home wasn’t the best night for us, or for myself personally, but we got a great result when we played them at the Stadium of Light in April.
“They’re a team that will be desperate to get something so they’ll come here ready to go and hopefully we’ll be on our game to not only counteract them, but take it to them with a purpose.
“Regardless of the win at Liverpool, the boys will be confident because they’re always pretty confident. There are a lot of strong characters in our dressing room and even when it’s low they’re pulling everyone else along.
“We’re looking forward to getting back into action and hopefully I’ll be able to play my part as well. There’s a lot of games ahead of us in the coming weeks and the Christmas period is on the horizon too so everyone is going to have to be ready when called upon.
“After the two international breaks this season we’ve had a poor result so it’s a must to turn that around in order to keep the momentum going.
“You need to keep a bit of consistency for as long as possible, so we have to try to step things up in that respect and getting the right result against Sunderland will help us to do that.”