Sunderland boss refuses to “roll over” against Leeds

Sunderland interim boss Mike Dodds says him and his team are fired up to face Leeds United in their upcoming fixture.

The Black Cats host Leeds, who are on a seven game unbeaten streak, on Tuesday night. The Whites are on a serious run of form, having won three straight games. Sunderland on the other hand, have won only one game since the end of November ahead of this clash at the Stadium of Light.

Ahead of the game, Sunderland interim boss Mike Dodds says his team aren’t afraid of facing the “big boys” and will hope to get a result against The Whites:

“We’ve played what you’d call the big boys or those with Premier League money and power and we’ve gone toe to toe with them,”

“That will be the plan again on Tuesday night. We won’t roll over and have our belly tickled. We’ll give as good as we’ve got.”

“They’re two tough games (West Brom and Leeds) and I knew that when I took charge. We had to make sure the preparation was as clear and concise as hopefully it has been and hopefully there will be another positive outcome.”

Leeds boss Daniel Farke also spoke on Sunderland ahead of the game, saying he expects a very tough contest:

“Tells you a lot about this club. Top six and parted ways with their manager. Expectations are high. Away game at top six and they are still not happy it is one of the most difficult tasks in this league. Shown we can be there with the best in this league. Expect a tight game. Expected it like at Blackburn. Sunderland young, exciting, energetic. We have to be ready.”

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