Johnson keen to bounce back

Adam Johnson says it is ‘back to the drawing board’ for

Sunderland as they bid to turn around their flagging fortunes.

Martin O’Neill’s side have been dragged into the relegation

battle following a run of seven matches without a win and are now

just four points clear of the drop zone.

They will attempt to bounce back after the international break

but face a tough challenge at home to Premier League leaders

Manchester United.

However, Johnson insists everyone at the club will keep a

positive mindset, saying in The Sun: “You have to come in and move

forward rather than dwelling on any disappointment you might just

have had.

“If you let bad results affect you going into your next game,

you’d be lost.

“We’ve just got to get ourselves together again, train hard for

the next couple of weeks and then go into the big game.

“We know we have to do better. It’s back to the drawing

board.”

Johnson feels confident that Sunderland will soon rediscover top

form, even though their clash with United is followed by a trip to

Chelsea.

He added: “When things aren’t going well, people get down – the

team, the fans, everything – it’s part of the game.

“A couple of good wins, though, and it changes very quickly and

everyone’s happy again.

“When it goes bad, it can seem that there’s no way out, but

we’ve got a couple of important games coming up and it’s important

not to dwell on what we should have done previously.”