Sunderland forward Jozy Alitodore has demanded more of the same at Hull City on Saturday as they gave against Newcastle, writes Sky
The United States international has appealed to his teammates to put in the same effort from now on in the Premier League as they did in the Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light on Sunday. Looking ahead of the clash with Hull, Altidore believes the tie is huge for Sunderland. “It is a winnable game and we have to make sure we go there and show the same effort as we did on Sunday,” admitted the 23-year-old striker.
“It is huge,” the former Hull player added. “It is important now to kick on and keep going, not just be satisfied.”
Altidore also expressed his delight with strike partner Steven Fletcher returning from injury, and believes it is vital for Sunderland to keep the Scot fit. “It has been great to have him out training again and when he is on the field in match situations it gives everybody else room to operate and be more dangerous,” Altidore said. “We have worked on set-pieces quite a bit so it was nice to see one work out with Fletch scoring. We just need to get him healthy and keep him that way.”
Altidore is yet to score a league goal for Sunderland, and will face his former side when coming up against Hull on Saturday. The 23-year-old made 28 appearances for the club in the Premier League during the 2009-10 season whist on loan from Villarreal.
During 2013, Altidore has scored an impressive eight goals in just 12 matches for the United States, who qualified for the 2014 World Cup with an impressive 22 points to top the group.
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