James McClean calls on Sunderland to build on run of form
James McClean says confidence is high at Sunderland but knows they cannot afford to lose momentum against Tottenham.
Last Updated: 29/12/12 11:58am
The Black Cats have turned their form around in recent weeks, winning three of their last four Premier League games, with their latest triumph coming against defending champions Manchester City on Boxing Day.
That encouraging run has allowed Martin O'Neill's men to climb the table into 13th place and Republic of Ireland winger McClean hopes Sunderland can get another result when they host Spurs at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
He told the Daily Express: "We might be on a decent run, but we have a huge game coming up against Tottenham this Saturday and we know we can't rest on our laurels. We have to build on this run.
"We were not playing too badly earlier this season but everything seemed to be going against us during games. That luck has changed a bit in recent weeks.
"The important thing is that we stayed together as a team and now we are getting our rewards.
"Confidence is high and we are looking more like the team everyone expected us to be after the couple of signings in the summer."
McClean feels it has taken time for O'Neill's squad to settle following the summer arrivals of Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson, who scored the winner against his old club City.
But the 23-year-old believes the team is beginning to click, adding: "We had these two new lads coming in to a squad that was used to playing without them.
"As good as they are, you need time to get used to one another's game. Now we are starting to gel."