Brown wants form to continue

Brown clinched a second Premier League victory in three games for
new manager Martin O’Neill with an 89th-minute winner at QPR on
Wednesday evening to move the Black Cats three points clear of the
drop zone. The triumphs over Blackburn and QPR either side of a
narrow defeat at Tottenham have doubled the club’s tally for the
season, and swiftly reached O’Neill’s initial target of
establishing a one-point-per-game ratio with 17 matches played.
They will now seek to build upon that as Everton and then leaders
Manchester City head for the Stadium of Light over the holiday
period. And while that might prove challenging, Brown is confident
they have what it will take. He said: “We have always had it. The
players haven’t changed, we have always had it in the team. “We
managed to get that break on Wednesday night, and hopefully we can
carry on from there and have a good Christmas period. “If you look
at Everton at the moment, you could probably say they are not
playing to their best ability as well, so we can go into the game
confident. “We are at home – that’s all we can do. We got three
points at QPR, which is the main reason we went there. “If we had
scraped three points, I still would have been happy with a 1-0,
5-4. “It doesn’t really matter, we got the three points, and now we
can take it into the next game.” Brown, who arrived on Wearside
with team-mate John O’Shea from Manchester United during the
summer, will perhaps not be aware of the club’s recent record
against Everton. Sunderland have not beaten the Toffees in 14
attempts in all competitions, and the Merseysiders have won 11 of
those encounters, 10 of them in the Barclays Premier League.
Manager Martin O’Neill has been made aware of that statistic and is
treating it as just another challenge. Asked how one team can have
a stranglehold over another for an extended period, he said: “There
can be a very obvious reason – some team can be just miles better
than the other one over a period of time, or there might have been
games here where Sunderland could have got a result and didn’t do.
“Then you start worrying about statistics and when the whole thing
is going to change. “But it is up to us to try to do something
about that. I can’t account for recent history, but that is
something I am hoping won’t be in the players’ minds as we take the
field.” In addition, the Black Cats will attempt to win
back-to-back league games for the first time since they defeated
Blackburn and Aston Villa inside five days in January as they look
to build upon Wednesday night’s 3-2 victory at QPR. O’Neill said:
“We go into the game in really good spirit because of the win on
Wednesday evening and the manner in which we won, letting a
two-goal lead slip and then coming through in the end. “It was
great to win the game. It gives us those extra points that we
desperately need and puts us in fine fettle now. “We haven’t won
back-to-back games for quite some considerable time and it might be
an opportunity for us to do it. “That’s the way you could look at
it, anyway – but the opposition is pretty tough.”