Time to build: Pickford targets PL wins

Sunderland must build on Saturday’s game against Burnley and turn one point into a positive, according to Jordan Pickford.

The stopper was in typically fine form as Sean Dyche’s side were frustrated on the front foot, but the Black Cats endured a similar story as Tom Heaton matched his international team-mate.

Billy Jones spurned Sunderland’s best chance and Fabio Borini also failed to make the most of his opportunities, with Ashley Barnes somehow firing wide from close range before Pickford produced a stunning save to deny Sam Vokes late on.

And although the Washington-born ‘keeper believes the Black Cats deserved more, he admitted only time will tell if the result was a stride or a stutter.   

“It was frustrating because we had good chances and we would have scored on another day, but we have to take positives from the game.

“We got a clean sheet and we took a point, so if we can go and win the next few games hopefully we can look back on it and it’ll be good enough.

“The lads were unlucky not to finish those chances but at least we’ve started to create them,” continued Pickford.

“It was nice to get a clean but it would have been nicer to get the three points; I made a good save but my job is to keep us in the game.

“We’ve got to keep working hard as a team – on and off the pitch – and when it comes to the games we have to take our chances because we have the quality to do it and we’ve shown we can defend.

“If we put two and two together we can get the results we need.”

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