Confidence the key for Coleman

08 February 2018 01:22:16 GMTPlus11

Chris Coleman is convinced he will be able to keep Sunderland in the Championship this season even though they are still in the bottom three.

The Black Cats have endured another dismal campaign following last term's relegation from the Premier League and they are 1.22 to go down again this season.

Sunderland have only won five of their 30 Championship matches so far this season and have conceded 52 goals - only rock-bottom Burton Albion have let in more.

Coleman's side slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and have lost four of their last five league fixtures. They are 5.25 to beat promotion-chasing Bristol City this weekend.

Coleman, who handed starts to deadline-day signings Lee Camp, Ovie Ejaria and Ashley Fletcher for the game against Ipswich, said: "There are a lot of new faces and they will find their feet and be fine.

"We know it's tough here [at the Stadium of Light] and we've found it tough to get results, so it was a baptism of fire if you like but they'll be better for that.

"We're in the bottom three but we have 16 games to play and there are a lot of points to play for.

"We're two points away from safety so it's not like we're in a challenge that we can't win. We can build a little bit of confidence going forward and hopefully that will get us the results we need."

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