Wes Brown is confident Sunderland can build on their solid defensive base ahead of their clash with Chelsea.
The ex-Manchester United defender helped his new team claim their first clean sheet of the season in their previous league outing at Swansea and is confident their defence can emulate this feat against the Blues on Saturday.
The signing of Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal has bolstered the Black Cats' strikeforce and are looking to him to provide the goals which have been lacking of late.
Andre Villas-Boas brings his new-look Chelsea outfit to Wearside this weekend with a host of new signings on show.
Brown is expecting a tough test, but is drawing on his experiences against the Blues from his time at United and is confident about his side's prospects.
"We know it's going to be difficult on Saturday," Brown told the Sunderland website. "We're at home and we want to show the fans what we can do.
"We'll get better and better with each game and hopefully we can continue that against Chelsea.
"Defensively we're solid and we're creating chances, which is the main thing.
"We created more against Swansea, now we just have to put a couple away and we'll settle ourselves down and get into the flow of things.
"We've got a good base to work from defensively. We have a good group and that's something to work from.
"It's frustrating. We've had good opportunities and I'm sure it'll come. Maybe we can help out from set pieces too."