English Premiership

M'Vila: Norwich game is like a cup final

Yann M'Vila (TEAMtalk)
Yann M'Vila (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Sunderland midfielder Yann M'Vila is desperate to beat Norwich City on Saturday in a crucial match in the fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Black Cats are in the bottom three ahead of next weekend's visit to Carrow Road, and will be looking to close the gap on Norwich, who are four points above them in 17th.

"We have to win against Norwich, there's no question of a draw. We have to take the points and absolutely have to win at any cost," the Frenchman said.

"It's like a derby, a cup final and we have to approach it like that. There will be pressure on both teams, but more on us because there's four points between us.

"We absolutely need to win because if we draw, Norwich will still have that four-point gap.

"It's difficult mentally because every week is the same thing. We could have had so many more points when you look at the games against Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Brom.

"We've lost a lot of points. That makes me sad and I hope we can do something better next week."

Sunderland lost 2-0 to league-leaders Leicester City on Sunday but do have a game in hand over The Canaries.

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