Fabio Borini insists Sunderland retain a “winning mentality” despite failing to claim a victory in their opening six Premier League games.
Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth left the Black Cats bottom of the table on goal difference with only two points. Things don’t get easier for the Wearsiders this week, with a home Capital One Cup clash with Manchester City on Tuesday before a trip to Manchester United on Saturday.
Despite their wretched run, Borini, who rejoined the club from Liverpool late in the transfer window, claims Sunderland’s attitude has not changed and things will improve once they finally pick up a Premier League win.
“We always have the winning mentality,” said the striker. “I’m angry when we lose games and angry when we draw games.
“I always want to win.
“But it’s always hard to get the first win and after that, it’s easier.”
Borini returned to Liverpool last season after an initial loan period during the 2013-14 season, when the Italian helped Sunderland pull off a great escape.
The Black Cats struggled last term also and Borini admits he found the club in similar shape to that in which he left it over a year ago.
“It hasn’t changed much since I was here before, but the season is still long,” he said.
“We can’t look at the table yet and think we’re bottom. It’s a long season if you do that.
“We have to take it game by game and do the best we can.”