Chris Coleman wants Sunderland to come out fighting at Millwall

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman during the Championship match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 24, 2018. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

By Richard Cawley

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has told his relegation-threatened side to come out slugging as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Millwall.

The Black Cats are bottom of the Championship table and four points adrift of safety.

But Callum McManaman’s late stoppage time goal secured them a 3-3 home draw against Middlesbrough at the weekend.

Former Crystal Palace defender Coleman said:“This is going to go down to the wire. It’s going to be heart attack city every weekend, which I’m not looking forward to, but it’s coming.

“And it’s going to be a fight. If you go into a fight on your hands and knees trying to crawl out of it, you are going to get kicked in the backside. You’ve just got to stand your ground and swing back. In the last two games we’ve started swinging punches back.

“It might make me sound like a Neanderthal, like a caveman, but we are in a relegation dogfight and you’ve got to show up every week. You can’t just show up for 45 minutes.”