Gordon: Jones is showing the way

The Black Cats have slipped down the table following a dismal run

of results in recent weeks and are now embroiled in a relegation

battle. There have been some positives amid the disappointment and

Gordon has been particularly impressed by the fighting qualities

shown by Jones. Gordon believes the striker, whose defensive work

is also appreciated by the rest of the side, has a key role to play

in the scrap for survival. “Kenwyne really looks like he’s got the

bit between his teeth. I think he’s been one of if not our best

performer in the last two or three games,” Gordon told the

Sunderland Echo. “When he’s in the team and really up for it, he

gives us a lot and he’ll be a really big player for us for the rest

of the season. “He’s a handful in both boxes. You can’t

underestimate the job he does for us defensively when he comes back

to help out at corners and free kicks. He clears everything. “He’s

been a threat up top as well and we need everyone in the team to be

playing with that spark and energy now.” Jones’ future was the

subject of intense speculation last month when he was linked with a

switch to Liverpool. Manager Steve Bruce was concerned that the

rumours might unsettle Jones but Gordon insists the players must

now focus solely on trying to stay in the Premier League.

“Kenwyne’s got on with his job,” said the Scotland keeper. “When

there’s a lot of talk in the papers, there’s nothing you can do

about it. “The transfer window’s been closed a couple of weeks now

and we all know where we stand. This is the squad that’s got to get

us moving back up the table. “I don’t know if Kenwyne was

distracted or not – you’d have to ask him that – but from my point

of view, I’d say we’ve had too many games to think about to get

carried away with headlines. “We’re having a tricky run and need to

kick-start things again with a win as soon as possible so it’s good

that all the transfer stuff is out of the way and we can keep our

minds on the job.”