Sunderland must toughen up, says Altidore

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore has claimed that his side must start becoming tougher to play against if they are to end their winless start to the season, Sky Sports has reported.

The Black Cats have drawn four and lost one of their opening five Premier League matches this season, and are already out of the Capital One Cup, with Altidore’s goal against Stoke City on Tuesday proving in vain.

Last term, it took until the final weekend in October, at a time when only two points were on the board, for Sunderland to earn a first three-point haul, and they will be hoping to avoid similar drought here.

Swansea City make the trip to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, and Altidore believes that it is about time that the Wearsiders claim their first victory. He said: “We need to be tougher. All of us, strikers, everyone, have to be nastier. Make sure, when people play us, they have to really work for it.

“We have played fairly well, but now we have to get the first win. We don’t want the shadows of last year following us around this season. We have had a decent start and now, with the home schedule we have, we have to take three points. There is room for improvement.”

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