Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe says Sunderland have “gone backwards” this season under new boss David Moyes.
The Balck Cats are rock bottom of the Premier League and without a win in eight games and Defoe admits Sunderland’s “luck could run out” as they face another battle against the drop.
The club avoided relegation by one point last season and in the three previous season’s they managed the same feat by three points, five points and three points, but Defoe, who has scored four of the club’s six goals this season, is fearful for the future.
“I’m still disappointed to be honest, I don’t think you’re going to be happy until you start winning,” the 34-year-old told the club’s website.
“I think from where we were last season, towards the end, I still feel like we’ve gone backwards a little bit. Obviously I don’t know why, I can’t put my finger on it.
“It’s only because of results, we’re not getting results. So, yeah, I don’t think we can be happy until you start winning.
“Probably saying going ‘backwards’ is wrong.
“With us, we’ve probably not hit the level that we hit towards the end of last season and, of course, that’s not always going to be the case because it’s a different team, different players.
“Players have gone, key players. New players have come in, and it takes time so hopefully we’ll start soon.
“Injuries are obviously a massive factor. When you lose players week in, week out, it’s going to change the team.
“Obviously, Catts (Lee Cattermole) is injured, Jan (Kirchhoff), Pat (Van Aanholt) came off the other day and there are a few more (Vito Mannone, Lamine Kone, Sebastian Larsson, Adnan Januzaj and Fabio Borini), and not only that but you look at the players who were here and have gone.
“So it’s always going to be difficult. New players have come in, it takes time for them to settle in and learn the language.
“The new manager’s come in, it maybe takes him time to find his best team.
“It takes time but I still feel there have been games where, the (Crystal) Palace game we should have won, and there have been games where we could have got a result. If you can’t win, don’t lose.
“That’s the sort of mentality we had last year, and it’s important that we have that. We need to get it as soon as possible because we’re coming into November, December and you don’t want to be getting into a situation at the bottom of the league like we have every year.
“Eventually your luck could run out and we don’t want that to happen.
“So it’s important that we stay positive and try and start our season as soon as possible, and start winning football matches because if you don’t you pay the price.”